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Cooperative Doctoral Program with Southern Illinois University - Carbondale


Ph.D. in Environmental Resources and Policy

The Environmental Sciences Program at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville offers a cooperative Ph.D. program in collaboration with the Environmental Resources and Policy Program at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. A Memorandum of Understanding has been established between the campuses that designates the Environmental Sciences Program at SIUE as an approved residence center. As a result, the coursework and research completed in the Environmental Sciences Program at SIUE is applicable toward the residency requirements of the Environmental Resources and Policy Program at SIUC.

The Environmental Resources & Policy Program focuses on advanced inter-disciplinary training and research on physical, biological, and social processes responsible for natural resource and environmental problems facing contemporary society, and also on assessing public policy alternatives to address those problems and create new opportunities. Please click here for more information on the Environmental Resources and Policy Program.

For admission information at SIUE, please contact Dr. Zhi-Qing Lin, Director, the Environmental Sciences Program at SIUE.

The cooperative ERP PhD program at SIUE features the following concentrations

  • Agricultural and Rural Land Resources
  • Earth and Environmental Processes
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Modeling
  • Environmental Policy and Administration
  • Geographic Information System
  • Water Resources

Curriculum

The ERP program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours, including:

12 credit hours of core course work

  • ERP 502 Environmental Decision Making (3 credit hours)
  • A methodology or science course at SIUC (3 credit hours) (http://erp.siu.edu/about-the-program/curriculum/core-curriculum-concentration.php)
  • A methodology or science course at SIUE (3 credit hours) (https://www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/environment/courses.shtml)
  • ERP 598 Applied Environmental Resources and Policy (1 credit hour each year in residence)
  • ERP 601 Continuing Enrollment (SIUE students registration for ERP 601 with no charge)

Up to 6 credit hours can be approved for transfer to the degree program if they were earned from an accredited institution. Transfer credits will not count toward the residency requirement.

24 hours of dissertation research credit

  • ERP 600 Dissertation (12 credit hours)
  • ENSC 600 Dissertation (12 credit hours)

Only 6 hours of dissertation research credit may be taken prior to the oral defense of the dissertation proposal and approval of the dissertation proposal.

24 hours of concentration coursework
The 24 hours of elective coursework will be taken within an area of chosen concentration. The student and the research supervisor(s) in consultation with the student’s graduate advisory committee will determine specific concentration courses. The multi-disciplinary curriculum for each concentration is customized to meet the student’s individual interests and career goals.

The minimum course requirements are listed in the SIUC Graduate Catalog and on the SIUC Environmental Resources and Policy Program website. 

Admission Requirements

• Admission to the ERP program at SIUE requires a Master of Science degree in a related field with a GPA of 3.00 or higher on a scale of 4.00.

• An application for admission must include the following:

  • Curriculum vita or Resume
  • Statement of interest: 1-2 page description of your professional goals, including your planned field of specialization (or program concentration)
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degree transcripts
  • GRE scores (SIUE institution code: 1759)
  • Three reference letters

International applicants also need to submit the following:

  • A photocopy of the page(s) of your passport showing your name, date of birth, and country of citizenship
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (SIUE institution code: 1759)
  • Financial statement to show that funding will be available to you for each year of your proposed course of study, or that you have a graduate assistantship to provide toward the amount (see below)

Application Submission Process

Some application materials must be sent to SIUE while some must be sent to SIUC. Follow the instructions below to ensure your application review is not delayed. Documents under each institution must be received by that institution before applications will be reviewed by that institution. The application deadline for fall admission and graduate assistantships is February 1. Only exceptional applicants may be admitted for spring semesters, and the application deadline is October 1.

SIUE Application Materials

Applicants must complete the PAPER APPLICATION (There is currently no electronic submission available). Proposed major will be Environmental Resources and Policy

  • Official Bachelor's Transcript
  • Official Master's Transcript
  • Official GRE Score (SIUE code 1759)
  • Three reference letters
  • Statement of interest
  • International students need to submit their official TOEFL or IELTS Score (institution code 1759)

ALL application materials need to be submitted to: SIUE Graduate and International Admissions, Coop PhD Application, Campus Box 1047, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047

SIUC Application Materials

Applicants need to submit an ON-LINE APPLICATION (Create an account; Program selection will be Environmental Resources and Policy; Degree selection will be PhD)

  • International students (Financial Statement: This document is found at the end of the SIUC application. It must be completed even if you have been promised an assistantship. Before you can be admitted, it is necessary for you to indicate that a minimum of U.S. $40,500 will be available to you for each year of your proposed course of study; Be sure to indicate if your studies are totally dependent upon an assistantship or if you have personal funds to fulfill this requirement; If you have personal funds, be sure to submit official documentation of funds and amounts via a recent bank statement)
  • Copy of Passport showing your name, date of birth, and country of citizenship
  • Current SIUC non-refundable application fee in U.S. dollars (credit card only)

Admissions Review Process

The application will be reviewed by the SIUE Department of Environmental Sciences. If the application receives approval from the department, it will be forwarded to the SIUC Environmental Resources and Policy Program. Applications will then be reviewed by ERP program, and a final decision to recommend admission to the SIUE Graduate School will be administrated by the SIUC ERP Internal Advisory Board in the same manner as other students who are admitted to SIUC’s program and further by the SIUC Graduate School.

The student’s PhD committee will determine the need for and nature of any remedial work required. In keeping with the common practice in the SIUC PhD Environmental Resources and Policy program, advisors will be identified at the time of admission.

Admission to the ERP program will be granted by the SIUC Graduate School.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, students of the PhD program must have successfully completed the following requirements:

  • All requirements of the SIUC Graduate School must be satisfied.
  • A minimum of 36 hours of doctoral-level coursework must be completed. The grade point average must be 3.25 or higher on a scale of 4.00.
  • An acceptable dissertation must be completed within five years after admission to candidacy. In the event the dissertation is not completed in the set time frame, the student will be required to take and pass the candidacy exams again.

The doctoral degree is conferred by SIUC. Students must apply for graduation and pay application fees by the deadline via Salukinet.


Preliminary Exams

By the end of their second semester in residence, students must have chosen a concentration and formed a graduate committee to oversee their dissertation research. The graduate committee will consist of five members: two SIUC graduate faculty, two SIUE graduate faculty, and an additional member from either institution or an external member who holds graduate status or temporary graduate status as appropriate from the respective institution.

Written and oral preliminary examinations consist of two parts: one based on the program core material, and the other on the student's chosen concentration. If prelims are not passed, the student must wait a minimum of three months for the second and final attempt to pass the exam. When the student has passed prelims and a dissertation proposal is accepted by the committee, students are admitted to candidacy.

Dissertation Proposal and Candidacy

A dissertation research proposal must be approved by the dissertation committee. Candidates will be required to present an acceptable dissertation describing original research performed with minimal supervision. Dissertation approval is based on a successful oral defense of the dissertation research and approval of the dissertation. This requires approval of at least 80 percent of the dissertation committee. The dissertation proposal must also be presented in ERP 598, Applied Environmental Resources and Policy.

Admission to candidacy requires:

  • Successful completion of 24 hours of credit (which satisfies the residency requirement of the Graduate School)
  • Successful defense of the dissertation proposal (which satisfies the research tool requirement of the Graduate School)
  • Successful completion of the qualifying examination


Dissertation

Following the admission to candidacy and upon completion of all the coursework, the candidate will prepare and submit a formal written dissertation proposal, defining the proposed research and proposed line of inquiry. The candidate subsequently must make an oral presentation of the dissertation to the members of the dissertation committee in an open forum. A public announcement of this event must be made at least five days in advance.

Candidates will be required to present an acceptable dissertation describing original research. A dissertation is written under the direction of the student’s dissertation advisor and the student’s graduate committee. Dissertation approval is based on a successful oral defense of the dissertation research and approval of the dissertation by the graduate committee. The dissertation research must also be presented in ERP 598, Applied Environmental Resources and Policy.

In the framework of the oral presentation of the dissertation proposal, the candidate is expected to address and respond to any question (by the members of the committee) related to material covered by all the courses taken during his/her doctoral studies or to the background necessary for the specific area of the proposed research. In addition, the candidate is expected to defend the research methodology and the proposed line of inquiry.

The dissertation must be prepared in accordance to the “Guidelines for Dissertations, Theses and Research Papers” of the SIUC Graduate School. Dissertation approval is based on successful defense of the research performed in terms of originality, relevance and presentation (written and oral). This requires approval by at least 80 percent of the members of the dissertation committee.


Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees
Cooperative students can register for classes on either campus. They will pay tuition and fees to the campus at which they registered for the class. Thus, in a single semester, students may be registered on both campuses and be paying some tuition and fees on each campus. The exception is if the students are only take classes at SIUE, in which case they will be registered for one credit of ERP 601 with no charge at SIUC.

Assistantships
In order for a student to hold a graduate assistantship at SIUE, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and enroll in at least 6 credit hours per academic term. The student may have enrollment at SIUE only, or have enrollment at both SIUE and SIUC, as long as the cumulative hours enrolled are at least 6. Cooperative PhD students who receive graduate assistantship (GA) will receive a tuition waiver and stipend. For more information, visit the SIUE graduate School website.

Financial Aid
SIUC is the degree granting institution, and thus financial aid will be based out of SIUC.

  • If the student is enrolled in classes at SIUE only, the student is not eligible for financial aid.
  • If the student is enrolled in classes at SIUC only, the student is eligible for financial aid through SIUC.
  • If the student is enrolled in classes at both SIUE and SIUC, and the student has enough hours at SIUC to receive maximum aid, SIUC will offer all financial aid.
  • If the student is enrolled in classes at both SIUE and SIUC, and does not have enough hours at SIUC to get maximum financial aid, SIUC will do a consortium agreement with SIUE and offer all financial aid.

Cooperative PhD students are not eligible for Federal Work Study.

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