Program Admissions

Graduate Program

image courtesy of Drew SpachtThe Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) welcomes applications for admission to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology.

Applications for admission are due December 1, 2016* for beginning programs of Autumn 2017.  By the time of admission, applicants must have earned a B.Sc. or B.A. from an accredited institution with a major in one of the life sciences. Course work in calculus, organic chemistry or biochemistry is required, physics is also recommended.

The letters of recommendation, personal statement, and correspondence with any Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology Graduate Faculty member may be uploaded during your electronic application, emailed to Corey Ross at, or sent directly to:

Department of Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology
Graduate Program Coordinator
The Ohio State University
300 Aronoff Laboratory
318 W. 12th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Admission Credentials

nick at computerIn addition to the Graduate School requirements, the EEOB Graduate Program requires:
•40 quarter (32 semester) hours of biology
•10 quarter (8 semester) hours of mathematics including calculus
•15 quarter (12 semester) hours of chemistry including organic or biochemistry

And the EEOB graduate faculty members strongly recommend the following additional coursework:
•10 quarter (8 semester) hours of physics
•10 quarter (8 semester) hours of statistics

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from the general aptitude (verbal, quantitative, and written) tests are required of all program applicants.  TOEFL scores are required of all International Student Applicants.  Additional language assessment may be conducted by the university once admitted to The Ohio State University.  Scores should be addressed to The Ohio State University using the code 1592.


Required Documents

An online application form. Paper applications are no longer available. PLEASE NOTE: THIS REQUIRES AN ONLINE PAYMENT OF AN APPLICATION FEE. If you absolutely cannot use the electronic application, please contact Graduate Admissions:

•International Students:

•Domestic Students:

1.A complete set of official transcripts. (Transcripts printed from a student account or stamped "Issued to Student" will not be accepted by the Office of Admissions; translations as necessary)
2.Scores from a recent Graduate Records Examination (GRE).
3.Three (3) letters of recommendation.
4.Statement of Purpose and Research Interests.
5.A Curriculum Vitae or Resume of no more than 2 pages is required of all applicants who wish to be considered for a Graduate School fellowship (both University and Enrichment). The CV/resume is required in addition to the statement of intent.

Additional Requirement of Admission


All applicants must have an academic faculty advisor before they will be admitted to the Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology Graduate Program (see Review of Applications).

*The application deadline has been shifted to December from January to facilitate the Graduate School Fellowship Nomination process which has also been moved up on the calendar.