Program Description

The Earth and Ecosystem Science (EES) doctoral program at Central Michigan University provides advanced scientific training in interdisciplinary sciences. EES at CMU employs a systems-level approach to evaluate the physical, chemical, geological and biological structure and function of various natural environments. In this research-intensive degree program, students develop projects that investigate patterns and processes that regulate environmental variations across a range of temporal and spatial scales.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

The EES doctoral program is research-intensive and each student will conduct research to earn his or her degree. Students are funded through a combination of research assistantships and teaching assistantships. Check with your preferred faculty mentor (see below) for potential funding opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the EES program requires students to connect and communicate with a potential faculty mentor/advisor before applying to the program. A list of faculty members can be found on our website.

After that, students should submit the following application materials online:

  • CMU graduate application;
  • Official transcripts of B.S. and M.S. degrees;
  • A personal statement;
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation;
  • And a resume/CV

International students will also need to provide evidence of English proficiency.

All application materials must be received by February 1 of each year in order to be considered for admission for the following fall semester.

Graduation Requirements

Students in the EES doctoral program will be required to write a dissertation, and there is an expectation that this will lead to publishing their research in a peer-reviewed journal. 

Career Outlook

For More Information

Jessica Lapp
Program Coordinator

EES Program Website