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How to Apply

Students must apply and be admitted to both the EEBB graduate program and another department at MSU.

Prospective students should request application materials from and apply directly to the department.

To apply, students must submit the Michigan State University application form, undergraduate/graduate transcripts, TOEFL scores for international students and a statement of professional goals. They should also submit a one-page application to the Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior indicating the department of which they applied and the degree they intend to pursue. The EEBB application should be accompanied by a brief (one page or less) statement of professional goals and a current CV that describes the student's prior educational and work experience and lists all publications and presentations produced to date, as well as their dates and venues. A printable version of this application is available in the following formats: Word and Adobe Acrobat (PDF). An EEBB Admissions Checklist is available to help with the admissions process.

Students must be accepted by both the EEBB admission committee and the department. Generally, applicants for fall semester should have all their EEBB application materials submitted by January 1. Departmental application deadlines may be earlier. For example, Integrative Biology has a deadline of December 1. Because EEBB students must have a home department, and because all assistantships (TAs, RAs, and fellowships) are provided through home departments, all applicants to the EEBB Program are urged to follow precisely the application procedures for the prospective home department. Outstanding undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to compete for National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowships.

Application Checklist

1.  Applicants should first contact the department of their choice for specific details of admission. This first contact with the department is CRUCIAL to avoid delays in application. Generally the following items will need to be submitted:

  • University Application titled "Application for Admission to Graduate Study"
  • Application Fee
  • 2 Official Copies of Transcripts
  • Departmental Application
  • Letters of Recommendation (usually 3)
  • Statement of Purpose or Professional Goals
  • GRE Scores
  • TOEFL Scores and Statement of Financial Proof (International Students only)

2.  Submit to the EEBB Program:

  • EEBB Application
  • Statement of Professional Goals (may be identical to the departmental statement)
  • Current CV that describes your prior educational and work experience and lists all publications and presentations produced to date, as well as their dates and venues