Evolutionary Biology, M.S. (Ithaca)

Program Description

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.

*The field does not usually admit students for a terminal M.S. degree.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 254-4230

E235 Corson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • ecological genetics
  • paleobiology
  • population biology
  • systematics


2017-2018: $20,800

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Dec. 1; no spring admission

Requirements Summary:

  • 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.

Learn more about the graduate field of ecology and evoutionary biology learning assessment plan for research master's.