Admission Requirements

Admission to the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Penn State requires the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in ecology, biology, fisheries, wildlife, forestry, or natural resources; however, applicants with other backgrounds are welcome to apply.
  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) during the last two years (junior/senior) of a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university.
  • Ideally, you should have taken at least three undergraduate classes in the biological sciences (e.g., biology, ecology, physiology) as well as a minimum of five undergraduate courses in the physical sciences and mathematics with at least one course each in chemistry, physics, calculus.
    • However, a limited number of course deficiencies in these subjects may be remedied by taking undergraduate courses while a graduate student. Deficiencies must be made up in the first few semesters after admission.

Commitment from a Faculty Member

Students must acquire a commitment from an Ecology faculty member to serve as their advisor before admission will be granted. The advisor may be able to help the student obtain financial aid. 


Applications are accepted at any time; however, to receive full consideration for fellowships and financial aid, students should apply by December 15 for admission in the following fall semester.