Evolutionary Biology M.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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

Website: https://ecologyandevolution.cornell.edu/graduate
Email: pj17@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 254-4230

E235 Corson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • ecological genetics
  • paleobiology
  • population biology
  • systematics



Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Dec. 1; no spring admission

Requirements Summary:

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
  • three recommendations
  • Note: GRE test scores are no longer required for application to this program

Learning Outcomes

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 subdiscipline in a timely fashion.


Demonstrate a general knowledge in the discipline of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Organismal Biology, or some combination

Make a strong, publishable contribution to the sub-discipline

  • Produce new knowledge and write up contribution

Demonstrate strong research skills

  • Be knowledgeable of historical development and able to articulate and discuss concepts and evidence in sub-discipline
  • Be knowledgeable of organisms and ecological or evolutionary systems pertinent to research
  • Develop knowledge of observational, experimental and analytical methods
  • Adhere to ethical standards of scientific research
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate research findings, through oral presentation and written publications