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Entrance Requirements

Incoming students are expected to have completed a bachelor's or master's degree, and have appropriate academic background in science and mathematics.

Successful candidates often have completed courses in general biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, calculus, statistics, and one or more system specific courses that focus on particular organisms (e.g., mammals or vascular plants) or ecosystems (e.g., coral reefs, streams). Successful candidates typically have professional experience, completed an M.S. in a related field, or completed an undergraduate research project.

Application Procedure

For full consideration, applicants must have all materials (including those required by the Graduate School) submitted no later than 1 January of the year of entry.

Applicants must identify at least one faculty associate who is willing to serve as the dissertation advisor. Therefore, it is essential that applicants contact directly potential faculty advisors well before 1 January. To help identify potential advisors, please see our list of EEEB Faculty Associates. For general advice regarding applications to Ph.D. programs in ecology and evolutionary biology, see "A Primer on How to Apply to and Get Admitted to Graduate School in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology." W.P. Carson (1999) Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 80:246-250.

To apply to the EEEB program, you must complete the Application for Admission steps as outlined from the Miami University Graduate School's Admission page. In that application process, you will be asked to submit the following information or documents:

  1. A personal statement. This explains your plans for graduate school, including your current research interests and career goals. In addition, it should identify clearly one or more possible faculty advisors that would be appropriate for your research interests.
  2. A résumé or academic CV.
  3. Contact information for three references willing to submit letters of recommendation. (The Graduate School will contact these references and request electronic submission of letters of recommendation.)
  4. Official transcripts from previous schools.