What you'll work on
The PhD program in Environmental and Energy Policy provides opportunities for conducting interdisciplinary research in support of sustainable and equitable development. Students’ research contribute to environmental goals such as facilitating the transition to sustainable energy systems, effectively managing the world’s scarce water and other natural resources and protecting the ecosystem services upon which we all depend. The opportunities for research exist at many scales, from projects involving local watersheds and urban recycling programs, to global supply chains and international treaties. The PhD program prepares students to conduct independent research with essential training for government, corporate, college and university, or non-profit careers.
Sample Areas of Interest
- Environment and Public Policy
- Natural Resource Management
- Sustainability and Conservation
Who you'll work with
Michigan Tech's program is small and focused, which permits us to be flexible and to work intensively with each of our graduate students. The program will focus on policy-related research supporting societal decisions and choices toward a sustainable society. Program faculty have expertise across issues of energy systems, forest resources, food sovereignty, among other environmental issues, particularly the social, legal, and political contexts influencing resource governance and access.
"Solving environmental problems requires interdisciplinary tools."
The challenges facing Lake Superior are many, yet communities have overcome enormous threats to the lake’s ecosystems in the past. What can we learn from the recoveries of the past century as we face new, interconnected problems like climate change, synthetic chemicals, and forest change?
Where you'll work
Our students get out from behind their desks and into the field. From mining issues in the Upper Midwest to the global impacts of climate change, you’ll apply what you learn to projects around the world. Many MS and PhD students are supported by graduate teaching and research assistantships. Their work takes them across the Americas and throughout Europe and Asia.
To complete a doctoral degree, students must complete the following milestones:
- Complete all course work and research credits (see credit requirements below)
- Pass Qualifying Examination
- Pass Research Proposal Examination
- Prepare and Submit Approved Dissertation
- Pass Final Oral Defense
The minimum credit requirements are as follows:
|Total Credit Requirements|
|MS–PhD (minimum)||30 credits|
|BS–PhD (minimum)||60 credits|
Individual programs may have higher standards and students are expected to know their program's requirements. See the Doctor of Philosophy Requirements website for more information about PhD milestones and related timelines.