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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The department’s programs deal with a broad diversity of organisms, including bacteria, vascular and nonvascular plants, vertebrate and invertebrate animals, fungi, and protists. Concentrated fields of study include, behavior, ecology, genetics, morphology, and systematics. Research programs have relevance for global change, conservation biology, and revealing fundamental mechanisms underlying the structural and functional adaptations of organisms.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

MA
The MA 1 requires 30 semester hours of graduate-level course work, and a thesis defense. The MA 2 requires 30 course hours and no thesis. There is no foreign language requirement.

PhD
Requires 30 course work hours, 30 hours of dissertation credit and two semesters of teaching, a comprehensive exam and a dissertation defense. There is no foreign language requirement.

Admissions Requirements: 
  1. Go directly to the EBIO department website for complete admissions information and application checklist.
  2. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in biology or related sciences, or have done work equivalent to that required for such a degree.
  3. Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00
  4. Provide GRE scores for the general test.
  5. Complete the CU on-line application.
  6. Complete the EBIO supplemental application.
  7. Submit three letters of recommendation.
  8. Submit one official transcript from each college and university attended - see "Where To Send Your Materials" section below for address information. Transcripts cannot have “unofficial” or “student copy” noted on them.
  9. Contact potential faculty advisor(s) before the application deadline. Admission depends upon a faculty member requesting that an applicant be admitted to our graduate program.

Minimum Standards for Applicants
GRE and GPA statistics for the top 75 percent of students admitted for Fall 2014: mean undergraduate GPA was 3.50, mean GRE scores were above the 70th percentile in all categories.

Financial Support: 

The EBIO department only admits those students to whom it can offer support through teaching assistantships, research assistantships and fellowships, unless the student is enrolled in the MA 2, nonthesis program (in which case, no support is guaranteed).

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 1, 2014
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Graduate Program Coordinator
Ramaley N125A
334 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0334
Phone: 303-492-7654
Fax: 303-492-8699

Where To Send Your Materials: 

Application Mailing Instructions

Domestic Applicants:

Transcripts should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553 USA

For overnight or express mail (DHL, FEDEX, UPS):

Graduate Admissions             
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street , Bldg RL3, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA                                                                                                                              
Phone:  (303) 492-6301
  

All International Applicants

Transcripts should be sent directly to Office of Admissions/International.  Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065 USA

Overnight/Express Mailing Address (DHL, UPS, FedEx)          

Office of Admissions/International               
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street, Bldg RL3, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA

Phone: (303) 492-6301