Information for Prospective EEB Graduate Students

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For Prospective Graduate Students

EEB offers both M.S. and Ph.D. 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 facet of biology who are interested in graduate study in ecology and evolutionary biology. Students with unusual backgrounds who show a strong commitment to and potential for academic work in biology are also considered. Currently, the Department has about 55 graduate students pursuing our three graduate degrees. These students come from throughout the U.S., and from South America, Asia and Europe.

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 strongly encouraged to initiate a correspondence with the faculty member(s) whose lab they are interested in as early as possible, preferably before completing the application process. All members of the graduate faculty in EEB may sponsor students in any of our degree programs. Click here to meet the graduate faculty and learn more about their research programs.

The Department sponsors three graduate degree programs:

Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

A Ph.D. completed in association with a faculty sponsor from the EEB department. Students with a bachelor’s degree and strong preparation may be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program. Full financial support (including a graduate assistantship, tuition waiver, partial fee waiver and option to purchase highly subsidized health insurance) is generally provided for five years. Students in this degree program conduct research throughout the world, and have gone on to careers in academia, museums, and the conservation community.

Application deadline: December 15, for admission for the following fall semester. Applications are generally considered only once a year; late applications may be considered on a space-available basis, but applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the deadline. The department does not normally consider applications for entry in the spring semester.  More information about how to apply is available here.

M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

A research-based master’s degree completed in association with a faculty sponsor from the EEB department. Many students completing this degree choose to continue in the Ph.D. program at UConn or at another institution. Other students have gone on to work with nature centers, and local, state or federal governmental positions associated with biology or environmental concerns, or have taken biology teaching positions. Full financial support (including a graduate assistantship, tuition waiver, partial fee waiver and option to purchase highly subsidized health insurance) is generally provided for two years.

Application deadline: December 15, for admission for the following fall semester. Applications are generally considered only once a year; late applications may be considered on a space-available basis, but applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the deadline. The department does not normally consider applications for entry in the spring semester.  More information about how to apply is available here.

M.S. in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology (part of a Joint B.S./M.S. degree)

The M.S. portion of the Joint B.S./M.S. Degree is a coursework-based (Plan B) degree, incorporating internship and research experiences. This degree is designed for students wishing to pursue careers in biodiversity management, conservation, and environmental education; graduates find work in a wide variety of vocational settings. Financial support in the form of tuition waivers and graduate assistantships is generally NOT offered to students in this program.

The application deadline for this program is January 10, for admission the following fall. Applications are generally considered only once a year and the department does not normally consider applications for entry in the spring semester. More information about the program and how to apply is available here.

The Department

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Contact Person

The admissions coordinator, Ms. Anne St. Onge, can provide additional information on the program and departmental application procedure