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Admission of Students

See the UCR Graduate Division website for information on the basic requirements and procedures for admission to graduate standing at the University of California, Riverside. Requirements for admission to the Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) graduate program in the Department of Biology include holding a B.A. or B.S. degree in biology or a related discipline. Majors in other fields (e.g., biochemistry, chemistry, physics) are acceptable if basic preparation in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics is deemed adequate. Recent Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the general test are required for all applicants. The GRE subject test is recommended but not required. Basic preparation in science (usually part of an undergraduate major in biology) should include calculus, inorganic and organic chemistry, and physics.

Prospective graduate students should contact faculty members with interests similar to their own early in the application process. Admission is unlikely without identification of, and prior communication with, a faculty member participating in the EEOB graduate program who can act as a prospective major advisor.

Application Information

Inquiries about the graduate programs in biology may be addressed to:

Biological Sciences Graduate Student Affairs Center
1140 Batchelor Hall
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Phone: (951) 827-5913 or (800) 735-0717
Fax: (951) 827-5517

Students must apply on-line at:

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens and whose first language is not English must also submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score with the formal application. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required for admission. To ensure maximum consideration, completed applications should be received no later than 15 January 2010. Later applications may be considered if additional openings in the graduate program become available.

Early applications are welcome. Occasionally, Ph.D. applications can be considered as late as June; however, these applicants run the risk that the limited number of openings -- especially for funding -- will have been filled by that time.

Students offered admission into the program will be invited to campus to attend Recruitment Weekend during late winter/early spring.

Updated 5 Jan. 2011 by TG