Doctoral Program

The doctoral program prepares students to excel in research, academia, industry, and governmental / non-governmental organizations. Students have access to seminars and courses on a wide range of topics in evolutionary biology, ecology, and animal behavior, as well as biomathematics, theoretical modeling, and statistics. After completing a common set of course requirements during their first year, doctoral students focus their research in one of our specializations.

Incoming doctoral students receive generous five-year support packages that include a combination of graduate student researcher appointments, teaching assistantships, grants, and fellowships. Most doctoral students have a combination of fellowship and teaching support, and many continuing students have successfully earned extramural fellowships. Please visit the Graduate Support page for a list of funding sources.

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 PhD 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 five 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
    5. Publications or other scientific products
    6. Statement of purpose: 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.
    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 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.