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Graduate Program

The Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees, as described in the EEOB Graduate Program Handbook.


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We provide PhD and MS students with the skills needed to conduct original research and qualify for rewarding careers in our discipline.  EEOB encompasses the study of animals, plants, and microbes in their relationships among themselves and their environments, and in their common ancestry.  We ask questions about how nature works, from individual genes to entire ecosystems and at time scales of minutes to millennia.  Our successful graduate students have found employment in academia, in state and federal agencies, and in ecological/life science organizations and businesses across the country. EEOB knows that diversity in our ranks improves all aspects of our professional efforts. As a result, we are committed to recruiting, admitting and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds.

Benefits of Completing a Degree in the EEOB Graduate Program

Many exciting career paths require an advanced degree, and the process of earning a Master’s or Ph.D. can be extremely rewarding.  The Ohio State University is an R1 research institution, with ample resources and opportunities available to EEOB graduate students.  Our graduate students work closely with a faculty advisor on a wide range of basic and applied questions - specific research interests of EEOB faculty and current graduate students are listed on the EEOB department directory page.  Throughout your time as a graduate student, you would have opportunities for training, publishing, travel to professional meetings, academic leadership, mentoring undergraduates, and public outreach engagement. 

Most of our graduate students are funded by teaching or research assistantships (20 hours per week), or sometimes by University Fellowships, at the rate of ~$2,400 per month, plus a full tuition waiver and employer supported benefits.  As a graduate student in our program, you would get paid to acquire valuable teaching experience and research skills while completing your degree.

If you are excited about the possibility of pursuing a Master’s or Ph.D. with a faculty member in EEOB, we encourage you to apply.  Note that applications to the Master’s and Ph.D. programs require prior approval a potential faculty advisor in EEOB.  Please see the adjacent tabs for more details about the EEOB Graduate Program, Program Admissions, and Frequently Asked Questions.  The deadline for applications is November 15th, with admission starting in Autumn Semester of the following academic year. We no longer require GRE scores for admission to our program; they may be submitted, if you like.