University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Systems Ecology Ph.D.

Doctor of Philosophy - Systems Ecology

Degree Specific Credits: 60

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0


  • At least 60 credits beyond the Bachelor’s degree; more may be required by the dissertation committee depending on the student’s background.
  • At least 40 credits in coursework (not including thesis or research credits), with at least half (minimum 20 credits) of the 40 coursework credits at the 500-level or above. 400-level courses used to fulfill this requirement must approved to be offered for graduate credit.
  • Up to 30 credits can be from a master's degree as approved by the student's committee and accepted by the Graduate School.
  • At least 30 semester graduate credits at the University of Montana.
Required Courses
BIOS 532Ecosystem Ecology4
BIOS 534Integrated Systems Ecology3
BIOS 594Seminar (two semesters)1-6

Other requirements 

  • 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.
  • Research Statement – a short written description of preliminary research ideas.
  • Research Proposal – a formal research proposal presenting the conceptual and empirical framework of the research.
  • Comprehensive Exam.
  • Defense – written dissertation, seminar, and defense.