How to Apply to EEB Graduate Programs

Before Applying

Before applying, please view the list of faculty who are currently seeking to add graduate students to their lab and identify which faculty member conducts research that aligns with your research interests. If you are admitted, this faculty member will become your mentor, so it is important that you identify which faculty member or members you will want to work with most closely. Students are encouraged to contact prospective faculty mentors to introduce themselves and describe their academic goals and research experiences and interests.

A complete application includes all of the items listed under "EEB Departmental Requirements" heading on the Admissions Requirements page.  Applications will be reviewed by the department admissions committee to determine admissibility to the graduate program only when they are complete, and when they are sponsored by an EEB faculty member or a cohort of faculty that will serve as rotation mentors. For this reason, applicants are strongly encouraged to correspond with one or more faculty members during the application process and before the application deadline. Establishing a relationship with one or more faculty members who are willing to consider accepting an applicant into their lab group, either directly or through rotation, is a critical part of the admissions process. Students who are applying to the Ph.D. program, and who would prefer to do rotations with two or three faculty members in their first year should indicate a general field of interest and a short list of prospective faculty mentors on their application. Please see "Selecting a Mentor and Rotations" on the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Finding EEB with in the Application Portal

Currently the application portal is organized to first have you choose your "academic area of interest". EEB's application can be found by selecting the "Natural Sciences and Mathematics" area of interest. Next, choose either "Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (M.A.)" or "Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Ph.D.)" from the list of programs. Please note that other programs are currently on this list because they are part of the same area of interest that EEB is, but they are not EEB programs.

Indicating Prospective Mentors on your Application

KU-EEB offers two graduate degrees: an M.A. and a Ph.D., both in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. An important part of the application process is contacting potential faculty mentors in advance. This will allow you to determine if a faculty member has space within their research group and if they are able to take new students. Please see the current list of faculty to identify potential mentors and indicate their name or names on your application. In most cases, admissions to EEB as an M.A. or Ph.D. student is under the sponsorship of a single mentor, but students may be co-advised by up to two faculty advisors.

Rotation Option for Ph.D. Students

While most students admitted for a Ph.D. are directly admitted under the mentorship of a single faculty advisor, we are aware that many students may be unsure about committing to the lab of a single faculty mentor. In this case, you may elect to do laboratory rotations in two to three labs prior to entering just one. Students applying to a Ph.D. with a first-year rotation option should indicate a general field of interest and the names of prospective faculty mentors. Even if you seek a rotation option, it will be helpful to reach out to mentors in advance to discuss this possibility with them. These faculty members may provide guidance in develop a first-year rotation theme.

Below are some possible rotation themes. We provide them simply as examples, and, on your application, you should feel free to identify your own set of faculty.

Example Rotation Themes:

  • Vertebrate Systematics: Richard Glor, Rafe Brown, Town Peterson, Leo Smith, Rob Moyle, Jocelyn Colella
  • Plant-Genotype / Phenotype: Lena Hileman, John Kelly, Maggie Wagner
  • Insect Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics: Jenny Gleason, Justin Blumenstiel, Jamie Walters, Rob Unckless (MB affiliate)
  • Disease Ecology: Folashade Agusto, Maria Orive, Town Peterson
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions: Maggie Wagner, Jim Bever, Ben Sikes

Application Deadline

  • Application Terms: EEB offers consideration for Fall admission
  • Application Available: August 1
  • Application Deadline: December 1

For additional information, please contact the department's Graduate Academic Advisor.

Submit Your Application

If you have all of the information you need and you have reviewed the admission requirements, apply now on the Graduate Application site!