2024-2025 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Biology

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Biology


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

December 1, 2023

M.S. (specializing in Ecology and Evolution of Medicine only): May 1, 2024

Admission Limited to


M.S. (specialization in Ecology and Evolution of Medicine only): Fall, Spring

Exams & GRE Types

GRE: Not required

Letters of Recommendation

3, from professors, supervisors, or others who may provide an evaluation of the applicant's accomplishments or potential in research, teaching, and related scholarly activities

UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit a statement of purpose, a CV and a diversity statement.

The department encourages applications from students in all areas of science, but expects successful applicants to have or to acquire a background comparable to the requirements for the bachelor's degree in biology at UCLA. A background in chemistry, physics, and mathematics is desirable. Deficiencies in these or other subjects should be made up at the earliest opportunity. Undergraduates who are prospective applicants should remedy their deficiencies by preparatory study at an appropriate institution. Students with academic deficiencies may be admitted on a provisional basis.

Program Name

(Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

Leading to the
degree of

M.S., Ph.D.

Major Code



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