PhD in Earth System Science & Policy
The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy in ESSP is to provide an integrated and creative learning environment that fosters intellectual growth, critical thinking, and practical engagement, especially in research and management of the Earth system and resources. The PhD program is a thematic one, emphasizing practical experience, student-centered learning, and integration of knowledge across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and active dialogue both in and outside the classroom. The PhD in Earth System Science and Policy is intended to prepare innovative researchers and problem-solvers for the public and private sectors, as much as for academia. Its core requirement is an original contribution, presented in final form as a dissertation that assesses, mitigates, manages, remediates, or prevents a significant environmental problem. The program is multi-disciplinary and practical in nature, involving faculty from various disciplines and institutions, from public or private research laboratories, and stakeholders.