Graduate Application Deadline: December 1 annually

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Please read these instructions completely before starting your application.

  1. To initiate your application, register with the UCLA Graduate Division and fill out the general on-line application form at The EEB major code is 123. Once you have registered with the graduate division, you will be assigned an ID number. Write this number down and return to the EEB website to complete the application process.
  2. The information that you will need to complete your application is listed below. We recommend that 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.

  3. a. Brief description of your research interests (50 characters max, including spaces).

    b. Prospective Faculty Advisor(s). Select up to five faculty in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

    c. Awards and other Distinctions. Any academic awards, prizes, honors, fellowships or other distinctions that you have received.

    d. Pertinent work experience. Paid or volunteer positions, such as research internships, that you feel are relevant.

    e. Publications. Any publications, or manuscripts submitted for publication, on which you are an author.

    f. 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.

    g. Curriculum vitae for uploading as a PDF or MS Word document (optional)


  5. Have GRE 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).

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