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Student Spotlight

Applying to the Program

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Overview of the Program

NRESS is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program with a diverse body of students from numerous foreign countries and the U.S. The program offers opportunities to study in a broad range of disciplines, from environmental science and natural resources to earth science, oceanography, atmospheric science, related social sciences and ethical and policy studies. Students with wide ranging traditional and non-traditional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  If assistance is needed in the application process, contact Lynne Cooper, NRESS Program Coordinator, at

Application Deadlines

*January 15: for matriculation in August, for the fall semester.
*October 15: for matriculation in January, for the spring semester.
*While applications received after the deadline will be considered, to receive priority consideration for financial and advisor support, please submit application by the deadline. Early submissions are encouraged to allow applicants more time to identify a faculty advisor and find funding.  Please check with the UNH Graduate School for Graduate financial aid deadlines. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the NRESS Program come from a wide range of undergraduate majors. Individuals are considered based on the quality of their work and its relevance to the particular area of study they wish to pursue.

Most applicants enter the program with a master's degree. Applicants who do not have a master’s degree are considered based on academic merit and significant work and/or research experience. The applicant must identify a potential advisor who will commit to accepting her/him as a doctoral student if the candidate is admitted to the NRESS program. See information on faculty advisors below.

Application Requirements

All application materials for the NRESS program must be sent directly to the UNH Graduate School. Application materials as well as more specific details regarding the application process are available at the UNH Graduate School website.

Financial Aid

The Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science Ph.D. Program is interdepartmental and for that reason does not directly offer any assistantships. Most students are supported by funding for specific research projects from grants received by their faculty advisors, or through competitive scholarship and fellowship programs. A limited number of graduate assistantships and tuition waivers are available through the UNH Graduate School. There are a number of opportunities to fund graduate research through private, state, and federal initiatives. Please visit the Funding and Scholarships page on the NRESS website for more information.

What to Consider During the Application Process