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What will I learn?

The graduate program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology leads to the Master of Science degree.

The disciplines of ecology and evolutionary biology involve complementary perspectives on biological systems. Individual and collaborative research within the department covers the range of both disciplines and often involves study and synthesis across multiple levels of organization. Professors’ research interests include anatomy/physiology, behaviour, behaviour genetics, bioinformatics, community/population/ecosystem/landscape/evolutionary ecology, conservation biology, developmental biology, genetics/genomics, microbiology, molecular evolution, plant biology, taxonomy/systematics, and theoretical biology.

EEB has an outstanding group of faculty pursuing exciting research in a broad range of topics that range from ecology (including population, community and landscape ecology, and conservation biology), to physiological ecology, to behaviour, to evolution (including genomics, evolutionary medicine, and speciation). We have excellent graduate students who are actively engaged in their research and in many aspects of our community including reading/discussion groups, seminars and social events (e.g., Darwin Day celebrations, a departmental party in September to get together after the summer and to meet new members of the department, a departmental colloquium in April highlighting graduate student research, Friday beverages, and an annual dinner celebrating our graduate students). Other activities include workshops that grad students and faculty organize on a range of topics including writing papers, giving presentations, using R and Python, and finding positions--both academic and those outside of universities.

The graduate program starts each year in September, though it is possible to start the program in January or May in some circumstances.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (4 Sessions)

Tuition fees
CAD$24,960.00 (US$ 19,529) per year
Start date

Expected September 2021


University of Toronto

St. George Campus,

27 King's College Circle,


Ontario (ON),

M5S 1A1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have an appropriate bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, with a final year average of at least mid-B from a recognized university. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL Paper-based Test Overall Score: 580, TWE: 4; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 85, with no part score below 80; Cambridge English Proficiency/Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component).

For international students

An appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university, with an average grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in the last year of the bachelor's degree and a minimum B average in the previous year.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum scores required for the different TOEFL tests are:

Internet-based Test:

Minimum Requirement: total score of 100 + 22 on Writing

Discretionary Range: total score 89-99 +19 - 21 on Writing

Cambridge Assessment English C1: Advanced or C2: Proficiency: A minimum overall score of 180, with at least 170 in each component.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): The minimum score required to meet our English facility requirement is an overall score of 70 and no part below 60.

Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST): The minimum requirement is a total score of 4.5, and no part below 4.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.