Master's Degree Program

The master's program offers graduate students curricular flexibility and access to extensive resources at UCLA, including a variety of interdisciplinary units which include the Institute of the Environment, the Center for Tropical Research, the UC Natural Reserve System, and the Center for Society and Genetics.

The two-year course of study consists of a combination of required coursework and a variety of elective courses and seminars that provide opportunities for departmental and interdisciplinary collaboration. Students begin the program with a provisional faculty advisor and spend the first year taking a common set of required courses. During the second year students take a combination of elective courses and seminars, and complete the program with the completion of a thesis or through a comprehensive exam and earn a Master's of Science in Biology.

Incoming master's students receive support packages that include two academic years (6 quarters) of teaching assistantships, which cover the cost of standard tuition and fees and provide a quarterly salary of approximately $7,000 per quarter.

For questions about the MS program and application process, please contact Melissa Carrillo in the Graduate Affairs Office via email at or by calling 310-206-9061.

Steps to Apply :

The application deadline for Fall 2019 admission has passed. The application for Fall 2020 admission will be available in early September 2019 and the deadline will be December 1st, 2019.

  1. Complete the UCLA Online Graduate School Application by the December 1st deadline. You will be asked to create an account, and we recommend writing down your password. The EEB major code is 123. Select the Fall 2020 admission term and the MS in Biology degree.

    You will need the following information to complete the online application:

    1. Brief description of your research interests (50 characters max, including spaces).
    2. Prospective Faculty Advisor(s) and brief rationale. Select up to two faculty in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
    3. Statement of Purpose (800 word limit): Please state your purpose in applying for graduate study, your particular area of specialization within the major, your plans for future occupation or profession, and any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and your aptitude for graduate study at UCLA. Our department in particular is looking for applicants with knowledge and creativity in a research area of interest, strong communication skills, resiliency in the face of setbacks, capacity for planning, organization, and teamwork, and high standards of ethics and integrity
    4. Personal History Statement (500 word limit): One of the several factors considered in the admissions review process is an applicant's potential contributions to promoting and sustaining diversity. Please describe any aspects of your personal background, accomplishments, or achievements that will allow the department to evaluate your contributions to the University's diversity mission. This may include challenges or opportunities related to personal, cultural, economic, or social experiences relevant to your academic journey. This may also include contributions to diversity and equal opportunity of various forms, such as efforts to advance equitable access to education, public service that addresses the need of a diverse population, or research that explores inequalities.
    5. Names and email addresses of three recommenders. Specific instructions concerning letters of recommendation are described in the online application.
    6. Copy of unofficial transcripts for uploading.
    7. Curriculum vitae for uploading as a PDF or MS Word document, which should include:
      1. Awards and other Distinctions. Any academic awards, prizes, honors, fellowships or other distinctions that you have received
      2. Pertinent work experience. Paid or volunteer positions, such as research internships, that you feel are relevant.
      3. Publications. Any publications, or manuscripts submitted for publication, on which you are an author.
    1. Have ONE official, sealed copy of your academic transcripts sent to:

      Graduate Student Affairs Officer
      Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
      610 Charles E. Young Drive East
      University of California Los Angeles
      Los Angeles, CA 90095-7246

      If ordering official digital transcripts, please have them emailed to Melissa Carrillo at .

    2. International applicants should review the UCLA Requirements for International Applicants.

    Please note GRE scores are no longer considered during the application review process. You may see a place for them on the general application, but you do not need to send us an official score report.

    The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology MS Program is one of 18 Graduate Programs in the biosciences.