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EEB Master's Program

Program Overview

The M.S. Program in EEB has both a thesis option and a coursework-only option. The program is flexible and 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. Students are encouraged to seek some research experience with one or more U-M faculty as part of their degree. The master's degree is not a prerequisite for admission to the doctoral program, nor is it intended as probationary admission to the doctoral program.

Program Requirements

Students applying to the EEB M.S. program are expected to have a solid foundation in the biological sciences. In addition, they are recommended to have completed the following college level courses:

  • Physics (two semesters of lectures or one semester of lecture and one semester of lab);
  • Calculus (one semester);
  • Organic Chemistry (two semesters of lectures and one semester of lab)

Applicants are evaluated on their past academic performance, laboratory or field experience, statement of professional goals, and letters of recommendation. Unusually promising students whose backgrounds are substantially deficient in either the biological or physical sciences may receive special status for one or two terms in order to enable them to acquire a suitable background.

We strongly recommend that applicants reach out to faculty with similar research interests before applying to the program. Information on faculty fields of interest can be found on specific faculty member's webpages. Also, please note that in addition to the quality of your application, our admissions committee takes into account the abilities of our faculty to mentor additional students in their labs.

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology