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Evolutionary Biology is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program that provides PhD-level training in the historical, conceptual, empirical and quantitative aspects of biological evolution.
Evolution is a fundamental scientific concept underlying all aspects of modern biological, environmental and health-related research. It cuts across the biological sciences in ways that few other foci do. It also informs the theoretical foundations of subfields — ranging from population genetics to systematics to ecosystem ecology.
We focus on understanding the patterns and processes that shape life on Earth. And, we are training the next generation of scientists to use this knowledge to meet both present and future challenges to the biosphere and human health.
Our program is linked to several research institutes and center including:
84 credit hours, a written prospectus and its defense (these also serve as the written and oral comprehensive exams), and a dissertation.
Nine hours from approved courses in:
Other Courses, Research, or Seminars
Applications are accepted Oct. 1 - Dec. 15, with a preference date of Dec. 1.
The Evolutionary Biology PhD program admits one group of students annually to start their program the following August.
There is no guarantee that applications received after Dec. 15 will be reviewed. In January, the top applicants will be invited to a recruitment event scheduled in mid- to late-February.
Before applying, we encourage you to read our Tips for Applying.
We will notify you of your admissions status by April 15.
Note: Your application is evaluated based on your entire application package.
You will be asked to:
Evolutionary Biology, PhD
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of
The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
Applications for Fall 2018 accepted: Oct. 1-Dec. 15, 2017
Priority deadline: Dec. 1, 2017
More information on financial support through the School of Life Sciences.