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What will I learn?

The graduate program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology offers a creative and highly interactive, intellectual environment that prepares students to excel in positions in academia, industry, and governmental / non-governmental organizations. Our students regularly engage with students and faculty across academic disciplines at UCLA. All graduate students complete a common set of requirements, then focus their research in one of our specializations. Prospective students are encouraged to contact faculty with complementary research interests before applying to our program.

Areas of Study

Study consists of course work and research within the department and within related programs in biochemistry, geology, microbiology, and molecular biology on campus. Opportunities are also available off-campus for intensive study of marine biology at a marine science center in fall quarter, of field biology in spring quarter, and of tropical biology through courses offered by the Organization for Tropical Studies.

In addition, students have the opportunity to specialize in the ecology and evolution of medicine.

M.S. (specialization in Ecology and Evolution of Medicine only): Fall, Spring

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (Six quarters)

Tuition fees
US$32,374.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected December 2023

Start date

Expected September 2023


College of Letters and Science

2300 Murphy Hall,



90095, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum score of 570 in paper based TOEFL.

For international students

The department encourages applications from students in all areas of science, but expects successful applicants to have or to acquire a background comparable to the requirements for the bachelor's degree in biology at UCLA. A background in chemistry, physics, and mathematics is desirable. Deficiencies in these or other subjects should be made up at the earliest opportunity. Undergraduates who are prospective applicants should remedy their deficiencies by preparatory study at an appropriate institution. Students with academic deficiencies may be admitted on a provisional basis.

IELTS Academic overall band score should be at least 7.0 is the minimum required.

TOEFL score on the paper and pencil test must be at least 560 or at least 87 on the internet-based test.

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


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