Thank you for your interest in applying to one of our graduate programs:
- Ph.D. Program
- Frontiers Master's Program *
- Traditional Master's Program (thesis option or course-work only option) *
Applications for all three programs require the same application materials, as noted below.
* Students interested in one of the master's programs who are also interested in the Ph.D. program but are unsure about their qualifications are encouraged to apply to the Ph.D. program and indicate their additional interest in one of the master's programs in their research or personal statements.
Training in chemistry, mathematics and physics, as well as basic biology, is recommended for all three degree programs. However students with undergraduate majors in non-biological subjects, such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, psychology and statistics are also invited to apply.
In general, our Admissions Committee is most interested in past academic performance, research experience, letters of recommendation, the academic statement of purpose, and GRE scores. The academic statement of purpose should provide insight into the applicant's specific research interests and experience, as well as demonstrate a depth of understanding and passion for the larger questions relating to ecology and evolutionary biology.
We highly recommend that applicants contact faculty whose research is of interest, prior to applying. Please mention any faculty you are interested in working with in your academic statement of purpose. Students are not admitted to our Ph.D. and traditional M.S. programs without an advisor willing to mentor them. However, the Frontiers M.S. program is intentionally designed to provide incoming students with the opportunity to explore research areas and mentors during their first terms in the program. Therefore, Frontiers M.S. students will not officially select an advisor until the end of their first year in the program. Also, please note that in addition to the quality of your application, our admissions committee takes into account the abilities of our faculty to mentor additional students in their labs.
Deadline for the Ph.D. program is December 1.
Deadline for the Frontiers M.S. program is December 1. (Note date change!)
Deadline for the Traditional M.S. program is December 1. (Note date change!)
All application materials should arrive by these dates to be considered for the following fall term. Students are admitted to the doctoral program only in the fall term, which begins in September. Applications that arrive after the deadline, or remain incomplete beyond the deadline, will be at a competitive disadvantage during the admissions process.
How to apply
Applications to the Department of Ecology of Evolutionary Biology are received and compiled by the Rackham Graduate School. As a result, application materials must be submitted through the Rackham Graduate Schools online application system, or, in the case of official transcripts, sent directly to the Rackham Graduate School at the address below. NO application materials should be sent directly to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. However, if your recommenders are unable to access the on line system to submit recommendation letters, hard copies of recommendation letters may be sent to the department at this address:
U-M EEB Department
2019 Natural Science Building
830 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109–1048
A limited number of waivers for the application fee to EEB's graduate programs are available for students who meet eligibility criteria for a Rackham Merit Fellowship. Please contact Trisha Wittkopp, EEB's associate chair for graduate studies, if you wish to inquire about a waiver for the Ph.D. program or Tom Duda if you are applying to the Frontiers Master's Program.
A complete application includes the following materials:
- A completed online application form
- An academic statement of purpose - including names of faculty with whom you are interested in working
- A personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official GRE scores (use institution code: 1839)
- Official TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores (use institution code: 1839) (only for international applicants or non-native speakers of English)
- In addition, the EEB Department recommends that you upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts through the online system to enable faster review of your application by the EEB Admission Committee
- Rackham Graduate School Application Fee (please note that Frontiers M.S. program applicants are eligible for a fee waiver, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a code to be used when applying)
Finally, the Rackham Graduate School requires the submission of one set of official transcripts from your degree-granting undergraduate institution only. Instructions for submitting official transcripts to Rackham and the option of submitting electronic copies of official transcripts can be found here.
Hard copies of official transcripts should be mailed only to:
University of Michigan
Rackham Graduate School
Attn: Transcripts/U-M ID# (if known) or date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
For applicants who are non-U.S. citizens:
- Please do not submit financial information at the time of application. Evidence of financial support will be requested by the Rackham Graduate School upon admission of the applicant to a Rackham graduate program.
- Please visit the Rackham's Web site for detailed information about submitting transcripts and diplomas from non-U.S. institutions.
For more information about Rackham, the admissions process, and application information, contact the EEB Graduate Coordinator at the address listed below, or visit Rackham's web site.
Holistic review of applications
In the holistic review process, the EEB Admissions Committee gives careful consideration to all the credentials presented by the student as they assess application materials for indication that the applicant possesses qualities known to contribute to successful completion of the degree program. Such a review seeks to determine if the applicant has not only the academic qualifications for admission, but also the skills and experiences that facilitate degree completion and a successful research career. Read more on the Rackham Graduate School's site.
Holistic review ensures that no single factor leads to either accepting the student or excluding the student from admission. One of its key values is the opportunity to recognize that an applicant's strength in one area might offset a weakness in another.
If you have questions about your application, or about EEB at U-M in general, please contact:
For questions specific to the Frontiers Master's Program, contact the program director, Tom Duda.
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
2019 Natural Science Building
830 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048