Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Community Sustainability

Graduate Study
Community Sustainability - Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy in Community Sustainability is designed to enable students to generate new knowledge in complementary fields responsive to rapidly changing conditions in our natural environment and agricultural systems.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, students must meet the requirements specified below.


To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Community Sustainability a student must have completed a master’s degree. Relevant experience and strong academic backgrounds in the natural, physical, or social sciences, including independent research experience, are strongly encouraged. All applicants are required to submit scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Community Sustainability

The student’s program of study must be developed in cooperation with and approved by the student’s guidance committee and must include the requirements specified below.

  1. Complete Community Sustainability 800.
  2. Complete 9 credits of course work in advanced research methods, to be selected in consultation with the student’s guidance committee, including at least 3 credits  respectively in quantitative and qualitative methods.
  3. Complete a minimum of 24 credits of course work in two focus areas. At least  9 credits and at least one course in each focus area must be selected from Community Sustainability courses.
  4. Prepare a comprehensive examination program statement that presents the  student’s learning and professional background and goals, and provides a rationale for the  student’s declared focus areas. This statement is prepared in consultation with the student’s guidance committee and is presented to the full faculty for review.
  5. Pass a comprehensive examination based on the student’s comprehensive examination  program statement.
  6. Complete 24 credits of dissertation research and successfully defend the dissertation. Present the results of the research in a  public seminar during the final oral examination.

All students are encouraged to prepare at least one paper from the dissertation research suitable for submission to a professional and/or refereed academic journal.