The Application Process

Admission to the Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program Is a Two-step Process

  • You must be approved for admission to the program by the Admissions Committee.
  • You must have a professor in the program who is willing to serve as your advisor.


Complete applications must be received by the following dates for consideration of admission to the program:

December 15

  • Deadline for all applicants, both Domestic and International, who wish to be considered for University fellowships, teaching assistantships or graduate assistantships.

February 1

  • Deadline for both Domestic and International applicants to be considered for admission without University support.

Complete Applications Consist Of:

  • Application
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all other universities and colleges attended. Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded as Supplemental Materials for review by the admissions committee until the official transcripts arrive.
  • GRE scores for PhD applicants. It is strongly suggested that MS applicants take the GREs.
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable

Any missing item(s) renders the application incomplete. Your application will not be reviewed by the admissions committee.

The Application Process

  • Complete the online application.
  • Note the RUID number that your application is assigned.
  • Use that ID number to check the status of your application online throughout the process.
  • Send official copies of transcripts directly to the Graduate and Professional Admissions office at 56 College Avenue, New Brunswick NJ 08901. (Note: this is a new address effective 12/02/13). Do not send items to the Ecology and Evolution graduate program as this will cause a delay in processing and may result in your application not being received in time for review by the E&E admissions committee.

The Admissions Committee

  • Every application will be reviewed and ranked by members of the admissions committee. This committee is comprised of faculty in the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution.
  • Information on applicants found acceptable to the program is forwarded to every faculty member in the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution as each application review is completed. This allows faculty who are searching for students to review the acceptable applicant pool and contact applicants whose interests may overlap with theirs.
  • It is best to complete your application early in the timeline before other applicants are chosen to fill open spaces in labs.

The Advisor Requirement

  • An advisor is required for admission to the program.
  • Applicants, before submitting or upon submitting their application, should seek faculty sponsorship in their individual areas of interest.
  • It is not necessary or expected for applicants to have an advisor in place to apply, but it is necessary to have an advisor in place to be admitted.

Your application will be reviewed with or without a commitment from a professor to act as your advisor.

Important Note: A promise of faculty sponsorship does not guarantee admission to the program. In other words, you can be denied admissions due to a lack of faculty sponsorship, but you cannot be automatically admitted to the program simply because of faculty sponsorship.

For more information about our faculty, see our list of current Ecology and Evolution Program faculty and their research interests.