Information for prospective students

EEB offers both MS and PhD degrees and graduate students pursuing research-based degrees receive full financial support. We invite applications from qualified students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any area of biology who are interested in graduate study in ecology and evolutionary biology. Students with different backgrounds who show a strong commitment to and potential for academic work in biology are also considered. Currently, the department has about 50 graduate students. These students come from throughout the US, and from countries around the world.

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Acceptance into all of our graduate degree programs depends on a good match between faculty and student interests and admission requires the support of a major advisor. Prospective students are therefore strongly encouraged to initiate a correspondence with the faculty member(s) whose lab they are interested in working in as early as possible, preferably before completing the application process. This page provides information about potential graduate advisors within the department.

Application process: Step-by-step details of the application procedure for PhD and research MS degrees are available here. Information on applications for our non-thesis MS degree in Biodiversity and Conservation is here. We also have a series of videos, created by current graduate students, explaining various aspects of our graduate program here. For more information, also see our application FAQs or contact the EEB admissions coordinator, Harrison Goodale.

Given uncertainty caused by the ongoing pandemic, the university has developed a COVID-19 FAQ page focused on Graduate Education. This page includes a section directed specifically at prospective students.

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