Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I consider when thinking about graduate school?

EEB professor Chris Boake has written an article about getting into graduate school. Also, the Career Basics booklet from AAAS has some helpful advice.

What is the status of my application?

The Office of Graduate Admissions will notify you by email of your application number. Please allow seven to ten business days to receive the notification after you have submitted your online application and fee. After you have received you application number, you can check the status of your application by following the instructions on the Graduate Admissions website. Keep in mind that EEB cannot evaluate your application until your application is complete.

How will I know the committee’s decision?

Once the EEB Admissions Committee has reviewed your application materials and made a decision, you will be notified in writing.

What is the admission deadline?

The admissions deadline for EEB is January 1 each year. Please note that EEB’s departmental deadline is earlier than the deadlines published on the Graduate Admissions website. We encourage international students to submit their entire application packet by December 15.

What are the minimum scores for my GRE and TOEFL tests?

Successful applicants usually score in the 80th percentile or higher on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the GRE. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum required TOEFL scores are noted on the Graduate Admissions website.

What is the University of Tennessee’s institutional code for the standardized tests?

To have your scores sent to the University of Tennessee, use the institutional code 1843. Official reports of GRE and TOEFL scores must be sent directly from the testing agencies to the Graduate Admissions.

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Graduate School Contact

Dr. Paul R. Armsworth, Chair
Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
569 Dabney Hall
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-1610

Phone: (865) 974-3065
Fax: (865) 974-3067
Email: p.armsworth@utk.edu

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