Degree Programs

The School of the Environment offers a Doctoral degree in Earth, Environment, & Society, as well as Masters and Doctoral degrees in Systems Science.

Earth, Environment, & Society PhD

The Earth, Environment, & Society PhD program (formerly "Environmental Sciences & Resources") is an interdisciplinary program between Geology, Geography, and Environmental Sciences & Management. Students typically have on area of concentration but take classes from these three departments as well as other departments as appropriate.

This program is a cooperative effort of all of the units within the school in collaboration with affiliated faculty from other units in the university. One of its major strengths is to be able to draw from the wide range of expertise represented by the over 150 faculty and staff in the School. See the full PhD Guidelines for the School of the Environment EES PhD.

Current PhD Students
Current EES PhD students can monitor their progress using our PhD Program checklist, access required forms, or learn more about the seminar requirement, and required courses. Also check out conferences and symposia occurring in the area for opportunities to showcase your research.

Prospective PhD Students
Prospective EES PhD, beginning in Fall 2015 the graduate admission application process at Portland State is entirely online. To apply you’ll submit your application and supporting documents electronically.

To apply, visit the Office of Graduate Studies website and click “Apply for Admission.”

You should contact potential advisers before you apply. Find out more about funding opportunities through the IGERT and GK12 programs.

Systems Science Masters and PhD

Please see the Systems Science home page for more information on these degrees.

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