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Prospective Ph.D. Student Information

Dear Prospective Applicant:

Thank you for your inquiry about graduate work in the Ecology doctorate degree program at The University of Georgia. Ecology is strong at The University of Georgia, and you will notice that we have a wide variety of course offerings from our diverse faculty. We attempt to structure the program of study to meet the needs of the individual student. For admission to the M.S. or Ph.D. program, you should have a bachelor's or master's degree in an area of biological science, GRE scores (in excess of 1200 on the previous scale, and 160 {verbal} and 155 {quantitative} on the new scoring system), the ETS Personal Performance Index (PPI), a strong GPA, and three letters of recommendation. Students are only admitted in the Fall of each academic year, with exceptions when arrangements are made with the major professor, and with available funding.

For many students, financial aid (awarded in April prior to the beginning Fall semester) is an important consideration for entering a graduate program. The annual competition for student financial awards (such as Graduate School Assistantships, Presidential Graduate Fellowship Awards and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Program awards) takes place each February.  Thus, due to the volume of applications received, it is best to have your application and all supporting materials submitted to both the Odum School of Ecology and the Graduate School no later than December 5.  Furthermore, while applications will be accepted until January 1st, only applicants who have applied by December 5th will be considered for funding to attend the Odum School of Ecology’s graduate student recruitment event and Graduate Student Symposium in January.  The School’s Graduate Program Committee meets in mid-December to review completed applications and select 10-15 highly qualified applicants for travel funding to this event. 

Finally, if you intend to make formal application for either the M.S. or Ph.D. degree programs in Ecology, you should submit additional information to the Odum School of Ecology Graduate Program Office, such as background and interest form (see sidebar), statement of purpose, curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation. All other supporting material, such as application, application fee, transcripts (from each institution attended), PPI and GRE scores should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions in the Graduate School.

We strongly encourage applicants to contact faculty members with whom you are interested in working. Prior to admission, we must identify a faculty member who might serve as your major professor.

If you need additional information, please contact us.

Sincerely,
Graduate Program Office
Odum School of Ecology

For More Information

The University of Georgia
Ecology Graduate Program Office
Katherine Adams
Room 19, Odum School of Ecology
Athens, GA 30602-2202
Phone: (706) 542-3404
Fax: (706) 542-4819
e-mail: ktswings@uga.edu


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