CNS EEB Ecology Evolution and Behavior Graduate Program
Prospective Students 

Requirements for Admission

The application due date for prospective students wishing to enter for the fall semester in the following year is December 1.

Students applying must send materials to The University of Texas at Austin Graduate and International Admissions Center. The Graduate School has set certain criteria for admission that must be met before an individual can be admitted into a specific graduate program. Information about how to apply may be found at the Graduate School web page.

Applicants in EEB are not offered admission unless an individual professor indicates their willingness to have the applicant as a student in their lab. Without a faculty sponsor the applicant will not be admitted. It is therefore advantageous to contact professors of interest early in the admission process and to include their name(s) on the relevant question in the EEB application form. This will ensure that the application file is reviewed by the appropriate faculty.

Applicants are expected to have acquired a good foundation in the biological sciences before applying. Ideally, applicants will have completed upper-division coursework in the areas of ecology, evolution, and behavior as well as math up to the calculus level and at least one course in statistics.

Admission Criteria

Everything is taken into account by the EEB admission committee--grades, test scores, letters of recommendation and the application essay, or Statement of Purpose. The essay should include a description of the applicant's scientific interests, as well as any other training or relevant experience. Letters of recommendation should come from people who can evaluate the applicant's potential as a researcher. There is no minimum required GRE score. International applicants whose native language is not English are required to take either the TOEFL or IELTS tests. A TOEFL score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test), or an overall band of 6.5 on the IELTS test is considered the minimum acceptable score for admission to the School of Graduate Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

Application Requirements

arrow Application Check List:
1) The Graduate School application.

2) Official copies of the GRE General Test scores (required) and GRE Biology Test scores (recommended) and TOEFL scores in the case of international applicants should be sent directly to the Graduate and International Admissions Office. (cover form).

3) EEB Graduate Application form - on the last page of the Graduate School Application, or you may download it here.  Once you have completed the form, upload it to your online application. ***Tips on filling out the electronic pdf form.

4)  Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. Transcripts may be sent electronically or through mail to the Graduate and International Admissions Center. They will provide copies to EEB. 
5) The statement of purpose can be submitted online when filling out the UT Graduate School application.

6) Three letters of recommendation from people able to judge the applicant’s academic potential. When the names and e-mail addresses of an applicant's recommenders are entered on the Texas Common Application, an e-mail message will be sent to each recommender giving instructions on how to submit letters of recommendation on-line. If e-mail is unavailable to a recommender, you may use this link (downloadable form) to print a paper copy of the cover sheet to give to your recommenders. Please ask them to write a letter of recommendation to accompany the form.

Paper letters of recommendation may be sent to:

Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station A6500
Austin, TX 78712-0182


Star Coral found in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: Bill Allen Coney (Epinephelus fulva) grouper. Photo: Bill Allen DNA microarray. Photo: Z. Jeffrey Chen Butterfly (Psiguria Heliconius). Photo: Roxi Steele Water lily. Photo: Shutterstock images Red eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas). Photo: Luis Bonachea