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PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Tennessee



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The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is expanding its research program in Conservation Science. This expansion includes multiple new tenure-line faculty who have joined the department and consolidates existing strengths on our campus. Much of our work is fundamentally interdisciplinary, based around a partnership approach with conservation practitioners from different sectors, and our projects are both national and international in focus.

As we grow this research program, we seek applications from prospective graduate students in conservation science. We seek outstanding students interested in either pursuing a Ph.D. or research-based Masters. We have sufficient funding available to admit a strong cohort of students. While we encourage students to pursue independent funding opportunities, EEB’s policy is to admit students only when we are confident we will have funding support available for them for the full duration of their studies.

Students trained in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Tennessee will demonstrate a core knowledge in ecology and evolution. Training will prepare students to pursue careers such as professional ecologists and evolutionary biologists at institutes of higher education, national laboratories, and private industries; land managers; conservation biologists; and bioinformaticians.

Concentrations (Optional)

Energy Science and Engineering
Evolutionary Biology

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Full Time (72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree; 48 credit hours beyond the master’s degree)

Tuition fees

$31,139.00 (22,82,470) per year


Aug-21, Jan-22


College of Arts and Sciences

312 Ayres Hall, 1403 Circle Drive,



37996, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants are expected to have an academic background consistent with a bachelor’s degree in one of the life sciences.

  • They are expected to have completed a minimum of one year of general biology, two years of chemistry including one year of general chemistry, one year of physics, and one year of college-level calculus.
  • Occasionally, applicants who are highly qualified otherwise but lack one of these courses or course sequences will be admitted with the expectation that the deficiency will be made up within the first year of graduate study.

An applicant requesting admission to the Graduate School may be required to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

  • a total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT),
  • a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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