Ecology, M.S. (Ithaca)
Field of Study
The program is intended to provide students with broad exposure to concepts and research approaches within ecology and evolution (primarily through seminars and formal course work), as well as in-depth study in one or more subdisciplines (normally guided by the student's Special Committee). The specific course of study is tailored to the needs of the individual student. Excellent laboratory and nearby field facilities are available, as are numerous collections and libraries. All students are required to obtain teaching experience by serving as teaching assistants for at least two semesters.
Inquiries from prospective graduate students are welcomed and should be addressed to the graduate field office or to any member of the faculty.
Concentrations by Subject
- animal ecology
- applied ecology
- community and ecosystem ecology
- physiological ecology
- plant ecology
- population ecology
- theoretical ecology
- vertebrate zoology
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Fall, Dec. 1; no spring admission
Applicants are required to submit scores on the GRE general test. The GRE biology subject test is optional.
- all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
- three recommendations
- GRE general test
- GRE subject test in biology (optional)
Research Masters Proficiencies:
A candidate for a research Masters degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is expected to demonstrate a general knowledge in chosen discipline (Ecology, Evolutionary or Organismal Biology, or some combination), deeper knowledge in the chosen sub-discipline (e.g., Ecosystem Biology, Community & Population Ecology, Evolutionary Genetics, Macroevolution, Systematics, Molecular Evolution, or some combination), and make a strong, publishable contribution to the sub-discipline in a timely fashion.