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    The Ph.D. program in Environmental Science at Rutgers-Newark focuses on the following three learning goals.

    Learning Goal 1: Mastery of research, scholarship, teaching, and leadership skills in environmental science
    Upon graduation:

    * doctoral students will have acquired advanced knowledge in earth sciences, particularly biogeochemistry, geochemistry and geophysics.
    * doctoral students will have developed advanced theoretical or practical research skills biogeochemistry, geochemistry and geophysics.
    * doctoral students will be prepared for the teaching responsibilities in higher education.
    * doctoral students will have obtained teaching experience in higher education.
    * doctoral students will have acquired mentoring skills through interaction with undergraduates and/or high school students

    Learning Goal 2: Engage in and conduct original, publishable research
    Upon graduation:

    * doctoral students will have completed a dissertation, or equivalent, demonstrating personal integration of, and original intellectual contribution to, a field of knowledge.
    * doctoral students will have made original research contributions,
    * doctoral students will have published in one or more international journals subject to rigorous peer review.

    Learning Goal 3: Professional career preparation
    Upon graduation:

    * doctoral students will have presented their research at scientific meetings.
    * doctoral students will have participated in professional organizations and activities.


    Doctoral programs normally are arranged in two phases. In the preliminary phase, the student usually pursues courses of study whilst initiating their research (early stage research). This phase is completed when the qualifying examination is passed. In the second part, the student usually pursues an intensive research program and completes only courses of research (advanced stage research). It is concluded when the dissertation has been accepted and the defense of it approved.

    The Ph.D. student must advance successfully through (1) a Technical Defense of the Thesis Proposal, (2) a Qualifying Exam, (3) a Public Dissertation Defense, and (4) a Technical Defense. It is critical that the student choose a Major Research Advisor (MRA) and tentative research project during the first semester in residence. This is a research-oriented degree intended for full-time students. Although courses may be taken on a part-time basis, a minimum of one year of full-time residency normally is required for completion of the doctoral dissertation.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    * Minimum BS in any Science/Engineering Program with an Environmental Emphasis
    * There is a strict university requirement of a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entry into any graduate degree program. However, the department looks for a minimum GPA above 3.4 for entry into the PhD program.
    * GRE scores are valid for 3 to 5 years prior to the application date at the discretion of the department. GRE scores from more than 5 years prior to the application date will not be accepted. Candidate must obtain more than a 3.0 on the written part of the GRE.
    * University requires the TOEFL exam for an applicant from any non-English speaking country.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 94


    All first year PhD students are supported by departmental or university fellowships or graduate assistantships, which provide stipend, tuition remission, and sometimes student fees for the first year.After the first year, students will be supported by their advisors through fellowships and graduate assistantships.

    There are also a number of multi-year fellowships available for advanced students through NSF and NIH training programs. BME also has a limited number of teaching assistantships for graduate students who demonstrate outstanding teaching skills.



    The Rutgers name is recognized everywhere, and a Rutgers degree makes a great first impression. Weve built our academic reputation on solid accomplishments:

    * Rutgers is a memberso are Harvard, Yale, and Berkeleyof the prestigious Association of American Universities, the 61 leading research universities in North America.
    * More than 175 Rutgers research centers support pioneering work in stem cells, climate change, DNA analysis, and more.
    * Rutgers international reputation draws top students from more than 130 countries and all 50 states.

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