University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Systems Ecology Ph.D.

Doctor of Philosophy - Systems Ecology

Degree Specific Credits: 60

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0


  • Basic requirements are a minimum of 60 semester credits beyond a bachelor's degree.
  • As many as 20 credits may be research (BIOS 597).
  • The other 40 credits may include coursework, graduate seminars, or independent research.
  • Up to 30 credits can be from a master's degree as approved by the student's committee and accepted by the Graduate School.
  • PhD students must also successfully complete comprehensive exams (written and oral) and a successful defense of a dissertation of original research. PhD Students must complete their program-of-study within seven years.
  • Systems Ecology PhD students must complete the PhD-level core program as an integral part of their program-of-study, as well as additional courses that support their research program and career goals.