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Doctorate in Integrative Biology 

As a student in our program, you will:
  • become competent in the core content knowledge of integrative biology;
  • develop written and oral communication skills necessary to advance scientific knowledge;
  • develop critical-thinking skills to remain a lifelong learner and contributor to a scientifically literate society; and
  • be prepared for careers in and outside of academia in disciplines that focus on the biological sciences and human interactions with the environment.


  • Sixty credit hours total
  • Fifteen credit hours (minimum) of dissertation research
  • Three seminar courses required
  • For more specifics on curriculum, see the course catalog or contact our graduate coordinator.


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The Department of Integrative Biology takes an integrative approach to research in organismal biology, focusing on increasing our knowledge of organisms and their environments through studies ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem levels.

Admissions Requirements

  • In order to be accepted into the Integrative Biology Graduate Program, you must have a faculty member in the department who accepts you into their lab. It is critical that you identify one or more faculty members with whom you share research interests and that you make contact with them directly to introduce yourself and to inquire if they will be accepting new students.
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in all undergraduate coursework
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Supplemental form to identify preferred faculty advisors and preparation for a position as a graduate teaching assistant
  • After admission, receive agreement from Integrative Biology graduate faculty member to serve as your advisor

Test Scores:

  • GRE not required

Application Deadline:

  • December 15 (for Fall admission)
  • September 1 (for Spring admission)
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Cost & Assistance

Graduate students in our program are supported by teaching assistantships, research assistantships or fellowships. The nine-month stipend for an M.S. GTA is $20,542. The nine-month stipend for a Ph.D. GTA is $23,870.



Assistantships and Scholarships

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