Master's Degree Program

The master's program offers graduate students access to extensive resources at UCLA, including state-of-the-art laboratory, computing, and library facilities, and 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. Opportunities are also available for intensive off-campus study of marine biology at a marine science center in fall quarter, of field biology in spring quarter, and of tropical biology through courses offered by the Organization for Tropical Studies.

The two-year course of study consists of a combination of required coursework and a variety of courses and seminars that provide ample opportunities for in-house interactions and interdisciplinary collaboration. Students complete the program with the completion of a thesis or through a comprehensive exam.

For more information about admissions qualifications and program curriculum, please contact the EEB Graduate Advisor at: or by calling 310-825-1959.

The December 1st , 2017 application deadline for admission to the Fall 2018 term has passed. If applying for the Fall 2019 term, please revisit our website in September 2018 for updated application information and deadlines.

  1. First complete the online general UCLA Online Graduate School Application. You will be asked to create an account, and we recommend writing down your password. The EEB major code is 123. Select the MS in Biology degree.

  2. Next, complete the online EEB supplemental application. The information needed for this portion is listed below (a-h). We recommend you compose the text using a word processing program and then paste it into the on-line application. Note that any special formatting (italics, etc.) will be lost.
    1. Brief description of your research interests (50 characters max, including spaces).
    2. Prospective Faculty Advisor(s). Select up to three faculty in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    3. Awards and other Distinctions. Any academic awards, prizes, honors, fellowships or other distinctions that you have received.
    4. Pertinent work experience. Paid or volunteer positions, such as research internships, that you feel are relevant.
    5. Publications. Any publications, or manuscripts submitted for publication, on which you are an author.
    6. Statement of Purpose: 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. (Note: Please use the same response on the UCLA Graduate School Application and the supplemental application.)
    7. Personal History Statement: Describe how your background, accomplishments, and life experiences led to your decision to pursue a graduate degree in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Include any educational, personal, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges or opportunities relevant to your academic journey. In addition, 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. Contributions to diversity and equal opportunity can take a variety of 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.
    8. Curriculum vitae for uploading as a PDF or MS Word document

  4. 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 sending eTranscripts, please have them emailed to Tessa Villaseñor at

    For help with the application process or other information about the graduate program, please contact Tessa Villaseñor (email:; phone: 310 825-1959)

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

    Please also review UCLA's Minimum Standards for Admissions as well to determine your eligibility:

    *Note that the degree for this program on the transcript upon completion will be reflected as Master's of Science in Biology.