Integrative Biology Graduate Degree Program


Website: Integrative Biology Graduate Degree Program's website

Phone: 608-262-2742

B154 Birge Hall
430 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706


The Department of Integrative Biology is the administrative home of the Zoology Graduate Program, which provides M.S. and Ph.D. training in the following broad subject areas: cellular and molecular biology, developmental biology, neuroscience, physiology, ecology, evolution, and animal behavior. Each student’s course of study is tailored to his or her individual interests, career goals, and needs, and we admit students with diverse academic backgrounds.


Teaching assistantship support is guaranteed for three years for M.S. students and five years for Ph.D. students if progress is satisfactory. Offer letters may also include research assistant-ship support, which is made possible by grants awarded to faculty for particular research programs. Teaching and research assistantships provide full tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend to cover living expenses. Incoming students are also encouraged to apply for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.


Given the broad nature of the program, there are no strict prerequisites for admission. Interested applicants should identify and contact potential faculty advisors. Admission to the graduate program is contingent upon being accepted by an individual faculty advisor. Applicants 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 faculty members and their research interests, please see People on the department website.

In addition to the Graduate School application, all applicants must electronically submit at least three letters of recommendation, a diversity statement, a personal statement including areas of research interest and the names of prospective faculty advisors, a CV/resume, and unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (official transcripts will be requested upon admission to the program). For more specific instructions regarding application requirements, please see Prospective Students on the department website.