Why earn a doctorate in earth system science and policy?

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Sustainability science seeks to meet the needs of society while sustaining the life support systems of the planet. This program is multidisciplinary and practical in nature, offering opportunities to become a high-level researcher with the ability to generate new theories and knowledge. In addition, with this UND graduate program, you will gain research expertise to be able to critically evaluate and identify gaps in existing knowledge.

The research, technical skills and expertise you'll gain from this UND program can have a direct impact on environmental policies and regulations, as well as the progress of sustainability.

Earth System Science and Policy Ph.D. at UND

  • Gain the skills needed today to generate creative new solutions to Earth system and sustainability problems, and to seize opportunities presented by a changing environment.

  • Prepare for a range of careers in industry, government agencies and higher education.

  • Generate rigorous and original scientific inquiry that bridges gaps in scientific knowledge.

  • Synthesize and communicate research results with a dissertation, peer reviewed publications and professional presentations.

Earth System Science Careers 


Median salary range for a geoscientist

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Projected growth for the employment of earth scientists through 2028

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Earth system and policy research is a field that is continuing to be fast-growing, offering those with high-level graduate experience plenty of opportunity, especially considering today's environmental and sustainability issues, and evolving government regulations. This Ph.D. program offers the curriculum and research resources to prepare you for a successful career in private industry, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, or academic professions.

UND graduates can expect exciting opportunities to a wide range of professions, including:

  • Earth system scientists
  • Environmental and geospatial consultant
  • Environmental project manager
  • Governmental agency careers
  • Non-governmental Organizations
  • Chief environmental scientist
  • Academic career

When You Earn a Ph.D. in Earth System Science & Policy

A doctorate in Earth System Science & Policy gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Environmental Science
  • ArcGIS (GIS Software)
  • Remote Sensing
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Environmental Policy

UND Earth System Science & Policy Alumni

Earth System Science and Policy alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Advanced Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.
  • E M U Office of Research Development
  • International Water Institute
  • Dewberry Consultants, Inc.
  • Environmental Communication Options

Earth System Science and Policy Courses