Is there an option for a Master’s degree?
No. The only option is a PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.
Can current TAMU graduate students transfer into EEB?
Yes. We will consider transfer applications on a case-by-case basis from students currently advised by EEB core faculty. In general, we discourage applications from students beyond their first year because of the requirement that EEB students complete the one-year core course sequence. Applicants will need to ask their current degree program to provide EEB with their original grad school application, as well as provide a brief update of their activities at TAMU and an unofficial TAMU transcript. Importantly, students will need to provide a letter of support from their advisor approving of the transfer application and indicating a plan for student support.
What are the admissions standards for the PhD in EEB?
We will consider a number of factors when evaluating candidates for graduate admissions, but evidence of scientific maturity and intellectual ability is a must. Standards for admissions are more rigorous than those for most departmental programs. In general, if a student is competitive for Diversity or Merit fellowships, or NSF GRFPs, they will have a strong chance of being admitted to EEB.
What kind of financial support does EEB provide?
While the EEB program does not directly offer financial assistance, our students have access to strong departmental, University-level, and national funding sources. Any students who enroll in EEB can expect multiple years of departmental Teaching Assistantships. In addition, students accepted by the EEB program are highly competitive for Texas A&M graduate student fellowships, including the Graduate Merit Fellowship and the Diversity Fellowship. Please contact the Program Coordinator or a potential PI for more information.
Are EEB activities open to non-EEB students?
Yes. Anyone with the appropriate academic background is encouraged to take the EEB core courses and participate in other EEB activities.