PhD Degree

Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Sciences

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy signifies understanding of the nature of knowledge normally attained only through the original solution of a problem of substantial scientific importance.

All students admitted into the Atmospheric Sciences graduate program will be admitted initially to the M.S. track of study. Students in the M.S. track who seek entry into the PhD program will be evaluated by the COGS (Committee on Graduate Studies). A student must qualify for study toward the PhD by being nominated to COGS by their M.S. supervisory committee and then approved by COGS for admission into the PhD following an exceptional master’s thesis defense. Immediately upon qualifying for PhD study, a student will form a Supervisory Committee with a minimum of five members. The student and the Supervisory Committee will jointly plan the remainder of his/her academic program.

To complete the PhD a student must pass COGS, pass their General Exam and pass their Final Exam. Detailed procedures for each milestone are linked here. Additional information about these milestones can be found to in the sidebar to the left.

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