Graduate Program


Program Requirements


Ph.D. Checklist   (PDF)


Fall (1st semester):

  • Choose Guidance Committee- file departmental form A. See notes below for committee details.
  • Complete Qualifying Exam- file departmental form report on qualifying exam
  • Complete two internships & internship course (610A, B, C) - file departmental form L (2).  At least 2 of your 3 internships must be completed with EEB faculty.
  • Complete ECOL 600B (Fundamentals of Ecology)

Spring (2nd semester):

  • Complete internship and internship course (610A, C) - file departmental form L .
  • Complete and file Provisional Study Program- file departmental form C.
  • Complete ECOL 600A (Fundamentals of Evolution).


Fall (3rd semester):

Spring (4th semester):

  • Submit Comp Exam Committee Appointment Form (upon departmental approval of your doctoral committee) - online GradPath Form.

Annually beginning in your second year:

  • Present a seminar in the departmental noon seminar (ECOL 596B)- file departmental form K each time.
  • Meet with Dissertation Committee to review research progress and get advice on research directions- file departmental form J each time.


Fall (5th semester):

  • Submit Announcement of Doctoral Comprehensive Exam (at least one week in advance) - online GradPath Form .
  • Complete written and oral portion of Comprehensive Exam - your advisor will report the results using online GradPath form Result of Comprehensive Exam.
  • Submit an electronic copy of your approved prosposal to the EEB Graduate Coordinator.
  • Submit Doctoral Disseration Appointment form - online GradPath Form.


By the end of your 10th semester:

  • Submit Announcement of Final Oral Defense form - online GradPath Form.
  • Complete and defend disseration - your advisor will report the results using online GradPath form Result of Final Oral Defense form.
  • Submit your dissertation to the Graduate College through UMI Electronic Submission Site.  Please see Graduate College's Submission Process.


  • Complete 4 semesters of noon seminar, ECOL 596B.
  • Complete at least two semester as a half-time (0.5 FTE) Graduate Teaching Assistant.
  • Complete the EEB Grad Core courses: ECOL600A Fundamentals in Evolution & ECOL600B Fundamentals in Ecology


  • Guidance Committee:  Three member committee composed of your temporary advisor and at least one additional EEB faculty member (including joint faculty).  This committee should be established in your first month.  If you wish to have non-university faculty on this committee you must contact the EEB grad coordinator. See the Grad Handbook for additional details.

Check sheet for PhD



M.S. Checklist  (PDF)


Fall (1st semester):

Spring (2nd semester):

  • Complete Master's Plan of Study form - online GradPath Form in UAccess Student Center.
  • Complete Master's Committee Appointment form - online GradPath Form.
  • Strongly recommended - taking ECOL 600A (Fundamentals of Evolution)


  • Meet with Master's Committee to review research progress and get advice on research direction - file departmental form J(a).


  • Complete 30 units - 15 must be graded credits and at least 24 credits must be non-thesis credits.
  • Highly recommend completing the EEB Grad Core Courses - ECOL 600A and ECOL 600B
  • Complete and defend thesis



Minor in EEB

Minor Advisor

The minor advisor must be an EEB core tenure/ tenure-track/ tenure-equivalent faculty member. Students may petition the Department Head for special approval to appoint joint faculty or affiliate personnel as the minor advisor.

Required Coursework

It is expected that course work for an EEB minor will consist of ECOL home courses. Cross-listed courses and transfer credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Department Head has final say in accepting course work for the minor.

Total Credits Required

9 units



Accelerated Master's Program (AMP)

This program is only available to current University of Arizona undergraduate students. For more information, please see UA's Academic Policies and contact your EEB undergraduate advisor.



Definition of Acceptable Progress

Students should meet the timetable outlined in the Checklist of Departmental Requirements. In addition, all students are expected to conduct themselves professionally as defined by University rules and by reasonable standards of academic communities. Students not in compliance may be denied Graduate Teaching and Graduate Research positions. Failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements is grounds for conversion to a terminal Masters program or to graduate with non-degree status. The Graduate Policy Committee will review the progress of students at least once each year to determine if acceptable progress is being made towards the degree. This committee may consult with the advisor or temporary advisor of individual students. If progress is lacking, the Graduate Policy Committee may recommend to the Head that a student be terminated from the program.

The Graduate College time requirement states that students must complete their degree within 5 years of passing the comprehensive exam (departmental time limits are more severe). Should a student not finish within that time period, he or she may be allowed to re-take the comprehensive exam with the permission of the program.



Appeal Procedures

Any decision affecting a student’s graduate career may be appealed. A student should first appeal to the level above which a decision was made. The sequence of appeal is Major Professor, Doctoral Committee, Graduate Policy Committee, Associate Department Head, Department Head, and Graduate Council. The student is entitled to a hearing to air grievances. Please refer to the Graduate College's Grievance Policy.

Students may also consult an Ombudsperson for informal grievances.

Contact the Graduate Coordinator with any questions about the process.