What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Community Sustainability is designed to enable students to generate new knowledge in complementary fields responsive to rapidly changing conditions in our natural environment and agricultural systems.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Community Sustainability

A minimum of 60 credits is required for the degree. The student’s program of study must be developed in cooperation with and approved by the student’s guidance committee and must include the requirements specified below.

1. All of the following courses (9 credits):

  • CSUS 800 Foundations of Community Sustainability I
  • CSUS 801 Foundations of Community Sustainability II
  • CSUS 802 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Inquiry

If a student already has credit in any of these courses, these credits must be replaced by another 3 credits of research chosen in consultation with their advisor.

2. Complete a minimum of 9 credits of course work in advanced research methods, to be selected in consultation with the student’s guidance committee, including at least 3 credits respectively in quantitative and qualitative methods, statistics, or other advanced research methods.

3. Complete a minimum of 18 credits in course work grouped in two focus areas each of which must have a minimum of 9 credits. Of these, at least 3 credits in each focus area must be selected from Community Sustainability (CSUS) courses.

4. Prepare a comprehensive examination program statement that presents the student’s learning and professional background and goals, and provides a rationale for the student’s declared focus areas integrating and summarizing the related research literature. This statement is prepared in consultation with the student’s guidance committee and is presented to the full faculty for review.

5. Pass a comprehensive examination based on the student’s comprehensive examination program statement.

Which department am I in?

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Study options

Full Time (6 or more semesters beyond bachelor's degree)

Tuition fees
USD $1,484.50 per credit hour
Start date

28 August 2019, 2 September 2020

Venue

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture,

446 W. Circle Drive, Room 102 ,

EAST LANSING,

Michigan,

48824, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to a program leading to a doctoral degree requires completion of a level of education comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. Other English Language Requirements accepted: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum average score of 550, no sub score below 52 on Paper-based test (PBT); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) minimum average score of 83, no sub score below 80; MSU English Language Test (MSUELT) Minimum average score of 80 to 84, no subscore below 80; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A): Minimum Overall Score of 53; no sub score below 51 for reading, listening, and speaking; no writing sub score below 59.

For international students

To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Community Sustainability a student must have completed a master’s degree. Relevant experience and strong academic backgrounds in the natural, physical, or social sciences, including independent research experience, are strongly encouraged.

Minimum English requirements

TOEFL – PBT: minimum average score of 550, no sub score below 52, iBT: no sub score below 19 for reading, listening, and speaking; no writing sub score below 22; with a minimum average score of 80; IELTS - Minimum average score of 6.5, No sub score below 6.0; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) - Minimum Overall Score of 53; no sub score below 51 for reading, listening, and speaking; no writing sub score below 59.

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