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Frontiers Program

Program Goals

The Frontiers Master's Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan 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 give students the foundation to continue in the U-M Ph.D. program in ecology and evolution.


The Frontiers Program is looking for students who:

  • Have a record of superior academic achievement, would benefit from a broad-based training program, and ultimately plan to apply to a Ph.D. program.
  • Are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or undocumented students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA).

And meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology in the U.S. or at the University of Michigan
  • Have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By commitment to diversity, we mean efforts in the U.S. to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.;
  • Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances;
  • Are first-generation U.S. citizens or are the first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college


The Frontiers Master's Program in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan is a fully-funded master's program. This means that students in good standing receive a stipend, tuition and health care for two years at rates determined by University of Michigan policies. Support is available for four incoming students each academic year. For more information on funding, check out a select list of more funding opportunities.

The U-M Frontiers Master's Program in EEB is funded by:

  • The Michigan AGEP Alliance (Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate)
  • U-M Rackham Graduate School
  • U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • U-M Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Graduate Coordinator
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology