Ph.D. Advising and Placement


Each incoming Ph.D. student is assigned a first-year advisor or co-advisors. The aim in assigning first-year advisors is to make the best match possible between students’ and faculty members’ research interests. Students (or faculty) may change the advising relationship as the student's interests evolve.

Students convene and meet with their faculty advisory committee to discuss program and career objectives at least once a year, usually in the spring quarter. Students complete an Independent Development Plan (IDP) to facilitate these meetings. An IDP signed by the members of the faculty advisory committee is required prior to the dispersal of any summer funding (including guaranteed summer funding).

The faculty advisory committee grows over time so that the committee eventually forms the base for the five-person advancement committee. The student will choose members of the committee with the help of the faculty advisor, who will usually chair the committee. Review minimum committee size and affiliation requirements for each year below. Advisors and co-advisors must be included in the committee, unless otherwise noted.

  • First year: at least two UPPP faculty
  • Second year: at least three faculty, two must be UPPP 
  • Third year: at least four faculty, a majority must be UPPP 
  • Fourth and fifth year: at least five faculty, a majority must be UPPP. Advisors and co-advisors must be included in the committee unless the student has already advanced.
  • Students who have advanced or will advance by the end of the year (including summer) in question, may elect not to meet with the full advisory committee but just with their advisor (or co-advisors) to discuss the Independent Development Plan.

Review the School of Social Ecology Graduate Services site’s Academic Services and Campus Resources pages for additional school and campus resources - academic, professional, and personal - that are available to graduate students.


The program has a strong placement record. Depending on their interests, students prepare for jobs in academia, government, research institutions, and a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations.

You can view professional placement information for our graduates on the School of Social Ecology Ph.D. Alumni Table. (Filter the list by Program using the drop-downs at the top of the page.)

UPPP Alumni Profiles

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