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

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.

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 online application.
  6. Complete the EBIO supplemental application.
  7. Submit three letters of recommendation.
  8. 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 2016: mean undergraduate GPA was 3.68, 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

December 1, 2016

Fall International Application Deadline

December 1, 2016

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

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology website