Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Resources

Andrew Nelson_RGWagner photoThe Ph.D. in Forest Resources is the highest academic degree offered requiring students with excellent academic records and experience.  Students are expected to design and complete a dissertation on original research that can be published in multiple journals.


Applications and admission is handled by the Graduate School.

Recommendations for admission are made by the School of Forest Resources based on academic records, results of the Graduate Record Examination (required), experience, and recommendations.

Applications (graduate school form, transcript, GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation) for admission in the fall semester should be submitted by January 15, especially if the applicant is seeking financial aid.  Applications received after this date will be considered for admission, but the chance of receiving an assistantship is lower.


Form an Advisory Committee: The Ph.D. Advisory Committee is made up of at least five graduate faculty members, at least 2 from the School of Forest Resources and one that must be outside the student’s discipline.

Course Requirements:  Course requirements for the Ph.D. degree are established by the Advisory Committee.  This requirement may be adjusted based on approval of transfer credits (note: in general, no more than 30 hours of transfer credits from a Master’s degree will be accepted).  A seminar class must be included.  Ph.D. students must have at least six (6) hours of thesis credit, but there is no upper limit on the number of hours required to complete the thesis.

Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination: The comprehensive examination for admission of Ph.D. students to candidacy will consist of a written examination(s), followed by an oral examination no later than 60 days after successful completion of the written examination(s).  These examinations are comprehensive in nature, with the subjects scope, and content to be determined by the Advisory Committee.  This set of exams (written and oral) will normally occur after completion of the bulk of the student=s course work.

Dissertation:  The student must complete an original research project and write a dissertation.  The Advisory Committee must approve the dissertation topics and study plan before research can begin.

Final Examination: A public presentation of the Dissertation results is made followed by an oral examination by The Final Examination Committee.  The Exam Committee is composed of at least 5 individuals (usually the Advisory Committee plus an external examiner, if appropriate).

Fees and Expenses:

Tuition varies with residency. Financial aid may be available.


All applications may be considered for the several teaching and research assistantships available each year. Check for currently available assistantships.

For more info or questions, contact:

Dr. Shawn FraverPicture of Shawn Fraver
Graduate Coordinator
5755 Nutting Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5755
Phone: (207) 581-2842 | Fax: (207) 581-2875