In order to earn a Ph.D. at SAFS, a minimum of 90 quarter credits earned over a period of at least three years, but no more than ten years, including completion of a dissertation, are required. Up to 30 quarter credits from an eligible master’s program may be applied toward the doctoral program requirements, with approval from the student’s supervisory committee and the SAFS Student Services Office. The SAFS core classes required at the time of admission to the doctoral program must be taken if the student obtained a master’s degree from another institution or received a master’s degree from SAFS under a different set of requirements.

In rare instances, students initially accepted into the MS program will be allowed to proceed directly to the Ph.D.; please see the “Bypassing a Master’s Degree” provision outlined in the Ph.D. Requirements document.

The doctoral degree must be completed within ten years of beginning graduate study, including any applicable master’s work counted toward the Ph.D. requirements.

Contact the graduate adviser for full Ph.D. requirements (which include entrance procedure, application info, bypassing Master’s degree, requirements, courses, credits, dissertation)

Prepare and apply to the Ph.D. program

Summary course requirements

Required courses (42 credits)

  • QSCI 482, Statistical Inference in Applied Research, 5 credits.
  • FISH 510-514, Current Topics (“5-teen”) series, 2–5 credits (grading basis may vary depending upon the course/quarter offered); students are required to complete at least two of these courses during their graduate program. QERM 597 and FISH 578/BIOL 570A also count toward this requirement.
  • FISH 521*, Research Proposal Writing, 4 credits.
  • FISH 522*, Hot Topics in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (offered credit/no credit only), 2 credits.
  • FISH 800, Doctoral Dissertation (offered credit/no credit only), 27 credits minimum; a maximum of 10 dissertation credits may be taken in any one academic quarter; the 27 credits must be taken over at least three quarters, one of which must occur after the General Exam.

Additional Course Requirements

At least 48 credits earned at the 400-level or above, including dissertation credits, are required in addition to the Core courses listed above. Students need a total of 18 numerically graded credits (combined from the Core and Additional course requirements) in order to graduate.

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