How to Apply to the B.A./M.A. Program

Before applying to the program, check that:

  • CU Maps deficiencies are fulfilled and reasonable progress through the A&S core requirements is underway.
  • Grade Point Average must be 3.0 or greater in the EBIO major and have an overall GPA of at least 2.75 over the 3 semesters (full-time status) prior to application.
  • you have completed the EBIO entry-level curriculum (EBIO 2040, EBIO 2070, and EBIO 3080 with associated labs). Being enrolled in the courses is acceptable as well. If you are a second semester sophomore, you may not have completed all entry-level courses. In this case, submit a schedule for when they will be completed.


Find a faculty member within the Department who will sponsor you and act as your research advisor. This person must be rostered in the Graduate School (which includes most of EBIO's faculty).

A written statement as to why you want to participate in the BA-MA program. For example, what are your long-range professional goals and how will this program help in advancing them? Since this is a research-oriented program, you should include any past or current research experience. If you do not have prior research experience, you should discuss research possibilities with your advisor before applying to the program. Give this statement and a copy of your current transcript to the Director.

Letters of support from 1) the research advisor and 2) two other persons who can comment on your academic performance and potential. You should deliver each of these 3 letters in a sealed envelope to the Director on or before the application deadlines of October 15 or March 15.

Once the application is complete, the Admissions Committee will schedule your interview. A decision will be made within two weeks of the application deadline.

If you have questions about the application process, please ask This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can pick up an application form and a copy of these instructions from Jill. Information can also be obtained from EBIO's Undergraduate Advising and Resource Center (N236 Ramaley).

What do the B.A./M.A. degrees involve?

To be awarded this degree, you must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and complete at least 144 credit hours. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken at the graduate level (5000+), but 6 of those hours can be counted toward both the BA and MA degrees (thus the total is 144). EBIO requires that two of these courses be graduate seminars (EBIO 6000+). You must attend the EBIO's Friday afternoon colloquium series, complete a reading list, take an exam based on the reading list, conduct an original and independent research project, and submit a thesis on the research completed. Academic evaluation and research oversight is the responsibility of the Thesis Committee.

This Committee functions in the following manner:

  • It is composed of the research advisor in EBIO and two other graduate faculty members, one of whom may be from outside of EBIO.
  • The Thesis Committee meets

    1) immediately following admission to discuss course work and the research project for the next semester;

    2) at the beginning of the fourth year to review your progress and to assign a reading list;

    3) at the end of the spring semester in the fourth year to plan for the summer field season;

    4) during the last semester when you submit and defend your thesis. Additional meetings are optional.

  • Other requirements include completion of all undergraduate Arts and Sciences core and EBIO major requirements by the end of the 4th year.
  • For more information on degree requirements, deadlines, and a schedule for completing the degree review our timeline here.


NOTE: Since the information presented on this web page is in summary form, consult with the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a complete description of the degree requirements.

Look here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology's concurrent B.A./M.A. degrees, or contact the Director.

What happens following admission to the program? Read the suggested schedule for on-time completion of the degree. This page includes information on the forms that have to be submitted and the deadlines that have to be met.

For more information on the B.A./M.A. degree, send e-mail to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or contact her directly. The Graduate Program Coordinator is Jill Skarstad and her office is in Ramaley N125A.