Participation in the PhD Program in Coastal Resources Management (CRM) requires commitment, motivation, and excellent academic preparation. Completion of the program typically requires between four and six years, two of which must be spent in residence at East Carolina University. Students must have the strong motivation to work independently as well as collaboratively with fellow students and faculty. The challenge of addressing three areas of study requires a solid academic foundation, typically based in the arts and sciences and enriched through personal experience. Applicants must meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School of East Carolina University.

Applicants are expected to have previously obtained a bachelor’s degree or successfully completed a master’s degree or equivalent professional degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0. A TOEFL score of 600 is expected of non-English speaking international students. The GRE® General Test is required of all applicants. GRE scores more than 5 years old will not be accepted.


March 1 for fall semester admission. Early applications are encouraged.

Campus Interviews

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the East Carolina University campus, meet faculty members and students in the CRM program, and explore broad areas of mutual interest with faculty members in the likely field of concentration prior to formal application.

The CRM office will be pleased to host and schedule these visits. In the event such a visit is not possible, the program will be pleased to arrange telephone interviews with CRM faculty and students.


An Admissions Committee made up of CRM faculty will review applications and make recommendations for admissions and financial support to the program director based on the strength of the total application.

Transfer Credit

Graduate work completed prior to admission to the CRM doctoral program will be evaluated by CRM faculty committees on a case-by-case basis.

Transfer of credit, including that obtained in Master's programs, is subject to further review and approval by the program director and the dean of the Graduate School.