In our Ph.D. program, you’ll be mentored by faculty who share your passion for the environment and who conduct ground-breaking research you can participate in.
You’ll be prepared for public or private resource management or a related career in research and education. Our particular focus is on the problems and opportunities associated with the integrated management of forest ecosystems.
You’ll benefit from close interaction with practicing professionals and the involved supervision of enthusiastic and dedicated faculty members. You’ll be within twenty miles of forest types ranging from canyon hardwoods and pinyon-juniper to spruce and fir. Our location within the nation’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest provides convenient access to lands managed by:
the US Forest Service
the Bureau of Land Management
the National Park Service
Native American tribal organizations
To enhance these plans, we maintain well-equipped ecological and computer laboratories, a small full-time staff of research professionals, and our nearby Centennial Forest. Also on campus in Flagstaff is a research unit of the U.S. Forest Service, as well as the Colorado Plateau Research Station, which is a unit of the U.S. Geological Survey.
You will be offered three Ph.D. emphasis areas:
Forest Management Sciences and Economics
Forest Social Science
What will I do in the program?
written and oral exams
preparation and defense of a dissertation
Ph.D. students are expected to demonstrate:
skill in the generation of original ideas
considerable command of the literature
skill at designing, analyzing, and interpreting research
skill in scientific writing, including the publication of research results in major professionally refereed journals
basic skills in teaching
GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale in all college and university work
GRE scores in the top 40th percentile
If English is not your native language:
a score of at least 80 on the internet-based TOEFL or
550 on the paper-based TOEFL or
213 on the computer-based TOEFL
A faculty member has agreed to serve as your major professor:
Read about faculty research interests on our Forestry Faculty Page to identify faculty whose interests match yours
Then e-mail, write, or phone individual faculty members about opportunities to work with them
Applications received after the deadline will only be considered after full consideration of completed applications received by the deadline.