General Information for Applicants

The Department of Zoology has a diverse graduate program, and we offer training in Zoology at the Master's (M.S.) and Doctoral (Ph.D.) levels. Given the broad nature of the program, there are no strict prerequisites for admission. Interested students should identify and contact potential faculty advisors. Admission to the Zoology Department is contingent upon being accepted by an individual faculty advisor. Students should contact potential faculty advisors by email early in the application process to discuss mutual interests and to determine if the faculty member is actively recruiting graduate students. For a list of all Zoology faculty members and their research interests click here.

All applicants for admission are also considered for departmental funding. Most Zoology students receive an appointment with their offer of admission (either a Research Assistantship or a Teaching Assistantship). These assistantships offer remission of all tuition, health insurance and a salary.

Application Checklist

The application deadline is December 1. No late applications will be considered for admission. Most admission decisions will be made, and students will be notified, by March 15.

1. The online Graduate School application must be submitted directly to the Graduate School. It can be found here. The application must include:

  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores for international students
  • Undergraduate GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • 3 letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors (letters will be submitted electronically through the Graduate School Application)

2. You must upload and attach a personal statement (one to two double spaced pages) to the Graduate School Application. The personal statement should include the following:

  • Areas of research interest
  • Names of prospective faculty advisors

3. You must also upload a current CV/resume to the online application

4. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended must be uploaded to the online application

For questions or if you have trouble uploading any of the required documents, contact:

Zoology Graduate Student Coordinator
(608) 262-1379
250 N Mills St
Madison, WI 53706