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Program Overviews

The field of ecology and evolutionary biology is currently undergoing a dynamic phase of intellectual growth, with the emergence of multiple new fields and novel opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. The University of Michigan's Ph.D. Program is designed to capitalize upon this vibrant intellectual environment, providing a rigorous, integrative academic experience that encourages the development and exploration of individual research goals. Completion of a dissertation research project under the guidance of a major advisor is the primary goal of your EEB doctoral studies. We are proud to offer a competitive support package to our doctoral students for a full five years of study.

The Frontiers Master's program has three primary goals:

  • To bring students to the study of ecology and evolution who might not otherwise have considered it
  • To give students opportunities to learn about the full range of subjects in ecology and evolution
  • To prepare students to succeed in the U-M Ph.D. program in ecology and evolution

This flexible program serves a variety of career objectives, such as teaching in secondary schools, employment in a variety of research-oriented jobs, interpretive work in parks and nature centers, and preparation for further professional training. A master's student has the option of obtaining either a course-work only degree or a research-based thesis degree. Master's students are encouraged to seek research experience with one or more of the faculty.