How to Apply

How to Apply to the KU-EEB Graduate Program

Application Deadlines

It is critical that ALL application materials arrive in the department by the deadline.

Application Term Application Available Application Deadline
Fall 2019 August 1, 2018 December 1, 2018

A complete application includes all of the items listed below under "Required Application Materials."  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. 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 is a critical part of the admissions process. Students 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 (see Department Requirements on the Admission Requirements page).

Required Application Materials

  1. Application Form & Fee: The application form is submitted online. You can find information about the process and links to the form here. Application fees must be submitted when completing the form ($65 for domestic; $85 for international).
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vita: This document can be uploaded when submitting the application form.
  3. Statement: Please submit a succinct statement describing your motivation for attending the research-driven graduate program in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. Include a description of your previous research experience (if applicable), research interests, and career goals. EEB is particularly interested in attracting graduate students who have demonstrated initiative in developing research projects or other examples of leadership abilities; it is critical that your statement develops this theme. In addition, be sure to address any issues you foresee as being potential concerns to the Graduate Admissions Committee. Examples of such issues may include, but are not limited to, your degree of course preparedness, your level of research experience, or your test scores and GPA. Be certain to identify prospective faculty mentors you have contacted, and describe how their research intersects with your own research interests. The statement should be no longer than two pages, single spaced, in 12-point font. The document can be uploaded when submitting the application form. Please note that the Graduate Admissions Committee considers this statement an extremely important feature of your application, and will use it to gauge your research preparation, clarity of vision, writing skills, and passion for your science.
  4. Letters of Recommendation: Select three qualified individuals for writing a letter of recommendation. In selecting your referees the Admissions  Committee finds that the strongest letters of reference come from those who have supervised and have direct experience with your research. Note that letters from prospective KU faculty mentors are considered supplemental to the required three recommendation letters. Applicants will provide the email addresses of the letter writers on the application for admission, and KU will contact the letter writers to request digital recommendations. The EEB Admissions Committee bases their admission decision in part on the letters of recommendation. The more information the recommender can provide about the applicant the more useful the letter of recommendation. Please click here to see an example.
  5. Transcripts: One set of academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be uploaded with the application form. Uploaded transcripts should be scanned versions of official transcripts issued by the institutions attended. Please note that advising forms do not fulfill the transcript requirement. Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations. You may be admitted with the transcript/s you uploaded to the application; however, Graduate Admissions must receive your official, final transcript–sent directly from your institution in a sealed envelope or through an electronic delivery service–before you will be permitted to enroll for your second semester. The official, final transcript must show that a degree has been conferred.
  6. GRE Scores: Students who apply to our graduate program are no longer required to submit GRE scores. Applicants who have already taken the GRE are welcome to submit their scores and they will be considered if the scores reflect well on them. However, the GRE is no longer required and not submitting them will not reduce an applicant’s chance of being admitted to the EEB graduate program.
  7. Proof of English Proficiency (for non-native English speakers only): An official TOEFL or IELTS score report should be sent directly from the agency that administered the exam. KU English Proficiency requirements as well as alternate means of satisfying the requirement can be found here. (Institution code 6871; Dept. code 0207).


For additional information, please contact the department's graduate coordinator, Aagje Ashe at 785-864-2362 or

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