In the 21st century, environmental professionals will need both interdisciplinary breadth and disciplinary depth. This is the model that some have called the T-shaped graduate student. Disciplinary depth is the pillar of the T that provides command of a literature in detail and the meticulous skills required to conduct sound research. Interdisciplinary breadth is the crossbar of the T, providing language and conceptual frameworks that allow communication across disciplines. Together, these develop professionals who understand the context of their research and can work effectively in multidisciplinary teams. PROGRAM - Doctoral students pursue a Ph.D. in one of MSU's many existing doctoral programs that have an environmental focus. In addition, they complete the coursework for the Specialization in Environmental Science and Policy. The Specialization provides students with an understanding of the diverse disciplines brought to bear on contemporary environmental problems. It is designed to provide an understanding of how various disciplines conceptualize environmental issues and how scientific information can be brought to bear on environmental decision-making and environmental policy. Courses are open to all MSU graduate students, not only those enrolled in the specialization. APPLICATION MATERIALS - To apply, you should forward to ESPP: A letter requesting admission to the ESP Specialization and describing your professional interest in environmental science and policy. A Curriculum Vitae If you are applying to an MSU doctoral program: Ask the doctoral program to which you are applying to forward to the Environmental Science & Policy Program a copy of their application package If you are already enrolled in an MSU doctoral program: Ask your graduate advisor to send a letter to ESPP indicating that you are in good standing and that the advisor supports your application to ESPP. This letter should be copied to the doctoral program coordinator of your department or program.
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