The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is based on proficiency in statistical inference, ecological modeling, and resource management, and upon a superior ability to carry out important and independent research, as demonstrated by the successful completion of a doctoral dissertation. It is distinguished from the M.S. degree by greater rigor and depth of research and scholarship.
A doctoral degree requires a minimum of 90-quarter credits earned over a period of at least three years and completion of a dissertation. Completion of a master’s degree may be applied toward one year of the doctoral program requirements. The QERM core coursework must be taken if the student obtained a master’s degree from another institution. Occasionally, students initially accepted into the master’s program will be allowed to proceed directly to the doctoral program as detailed in the Master’s Degree By-Pass policy.
Core Coursework (30 credits):
QERM 597 – QERM Fall Seminar (2 credits)
QERM 597 – QERM Winter Seminar (2 credits)
QERM 514 – Analysis of Ecological and Environmental Data (4 credits)
STAT 516 – Stochastic Modeling of Scientific Data I (3 credits)
STAT 517 – Stochastic Modeling of Scientific Data (3 credits)
IND E 513 – Linear Optimization Models in Engineering (3 credits)
SEFS 540 – Optimization Techniques for Natural Resources (5 credits)
BIOL/FISH/CFR 567 – Topics in Advanced Ecology (3 credits)
AMATH 523 – Mathematical Analysis in Biology and Medicine (5) (even years)
AMATH 535 – Mathematical Ecology (5) (odd years)
Additional electives are selected with the guidance of the thesis supervisory committee.
QERM 800 – Doctoral Dissertation (variable credits)
UW Graduate School Requirements:
In addition to the requirements established by QERM, students must also meet all requirements established by the UW Graduate School at the time of degree completion.