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.

Application deadline is December 1st, 2016. Please follow these steps to apply:

  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-f). 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. Pertinent work experience
    2. Publications or other scientific products
    3. Statement of purpose: Please state your purpose in applying for graduate study, your particular interest in pursuing an MS in Biology with a focus in ecology and evolutionary medicine, how the program fits with your career goals, and any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and your aptitude for graduate study at UCLA.
    4. 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.
    5. Curriculum vitae for uploading as a PDF or MS Word document
    6. Awards and other distinctions (optional)

  4. Have GRE or MCAT scores and ONE official 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

    For your GRE scores:
    The institution code for UCLA is 4837
    The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department code is 0203

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

    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.