ESE: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
ESE: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

Overview of ESE Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

Program Focus

Terminal degree intended for students with a strong background in the sciences or engineering who are interested in careers in basic and applied research, education, advanced practice, and management in the field of environmental sciences and engineering.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
55 (varies)
No minimum credit hours; course plan must be approved by the student's doctoral committee
Expected Duration:
4-5 yrs
Learning Environment:
Residential
Dual Degree Options Available:
No
Application Cycle:
Fall; Spring
You may apply for spring 2014 admission between 8/1/2013 - 10/08/2013, and fall 2014 admission between 8/1/2013 - 4/08/2014. See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
April 14, 2015
You may apply for spring 2014 admission between 8/1/2013 - 10/08/2013, and fall 2014 admission between 8/1/2013 - 4/08/2014. See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Students with a strong background in the sciences, math or engineering with interest and aptitude for original and significant research. Focused written statement that conveys a motivation for research; strong academic record; strong letters of recommendation.
Applications Received:
~100
Applicants Admitted:
~10
Enrolled Student Demographics:
  • 58% / 42% female to male
  • 48% minority, including 15% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 28% international
  • mean age of 31
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
~60
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 5-15

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
~11,000 per year
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Estimated Out-of-State Tuition & Fees:
~$27,500 per year
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Funding:
For 2011-2012, students in this program received funding from various UNC sources, including department, School and University. Data below include only funding administered by UNC. Categories are not mutually exclusive.

  • 64% of students received some tuition support.
  • 12% of students received some loans.
  • 19% of students received non-service awards.
  • 72% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Graduate-level degree in an appropriate science, math or engineering field, or comparable bachelor's degree with exceptional qualifications
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
GRE(TOEFL/IELTS for int'l students only.) (required of international students)
GRE within last 5 years. If you already hold a research or professional doctorate degree you may ask that the program request from The Graduate School an exemption from the standardized test score requirement. Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions.
Standardized Test(s) Scores:
On average, incoming students had 55th percentile verbal and 78th percentile quantitative. Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions. If you have concerns about your scores, please talk with us.
Undergrad G.P.A.:
Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.2
Letters of Recommendation Required:
3 (academic and/or professional; at least one academic)
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Student/faculty match determined (by department) at time of application review.
Interviews Required:
Not required
Work Experience Required:
None required
Visit Opportunities:
There is at least one open-house event in the spring for both admitted applicants and applicants awaiting an admissions decision.

During the Program

Required Courses:
ENVR 400 Seminar Series | Syllabus: http://www.unc.edu/~weinberg/400/archive/spring2014/index.shtml; 6 credits of a research skill; 6 credits of Doctoral Dissertation, If no prior degree in public health, 3 credits of an introduction to public health (SPHG 600 or PUBH 680) and 3 credits of coursework in epidemiology (e.g. EPID 600 or another advanced EPID course) are required."]
Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
Comprehensive written and oral exams; final oral exam and defense of dissertation
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Dissertation
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
Not required
Global Options Available:
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School's courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.

Many enrolled students will have the opportunity to pursue our graduate global health certificate, while others may choose global health courses, internships or independent study with global focus.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities:
Universities; federal labs; consulting; industry; government agencies; NGOs
Example Job Responsibilities:
Study design; project management; lab or field research; peer-reviewed publication; preparation of scientific or policy documents; program evaluation
The Gillings Program Search is a tool for exploring academic programs at the School. It is a prospectus for the current year to be used in consultation with an academic adviser and does not constitute the complete degree or program requirements for graduation or program completion.

Program Contact:

Wake Harper
Student Services Assistant
(919) 966-3844
135 Dauer Dr
CB CB# 7431
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
USA
Stephen C. Whalen
Professor
(919) 966-9895
166 Rosenau Hall
CB 7431
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7431
USA