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We offer graduate opportunities leading to both MSc and PhD degrees.

The Department supports approximately 150 graduate students, supervised by 50 faculty members at the St. George (UTSG), Mississauga (UTM) and Scarborough (UTSC) campuses, as well as by scientists at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Research expertise of the faculty includes anatomy/physiology; behaviour; behaviour genetics; bioinformatics; community, population, ecosystem, landscape, evolutionary ecology; conservation biology; developmental biology; genetics/genomics; microbiology; molecular evolution; plant biology; taxonomy/systematics; theoretical biology.

Graduate student Radana Molnarova collecting insects in French Guiana.

Degree Programs

The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology offers fully-funded, research-based MSc and PhD programs. Students develop a graduate thesis under the mentorship of a supervisor, with support from an advisory committee made up of other faculty. 

MSc Program

Research & Coursework

MSc students develop competence in independent research, with the goal that their thesis work lead to a scientific publication. Students also complete a one-semester (0.5 FCE) graduate level course.


Progress is evaluated during regular meetings with the advisory committee. At the conclusion of the program, students defend their thesis in an oral examination.

Program Duration

Typical time to completion is 16-24 months, with funding guaranteed for the first 16 months. Exceptional students demonstrating outstanding progress in their MSc research may transfer into the PhD program at the end of their first year.

PhD Program

Research & Coursework

PhD students conduct original independent research programs that make substantial and innovative contributions to their fields. The thesis is composed of multiple chapters, each worthy of publication as a primary scientific paper. Students must also complete three one-semester (0.5 FCE) graduate level courses (or four with direct-entry from a BSc) by the end of their third year.


Progress is evaluated during regular meetings with the advisory committee, and in an appraisal examination and seminar midway through the program. At the conclusion of the program, PhD students must present their research in a public exit seminar, and defend their thesis in an oral examination.

Program Duration

Typical time to completion is 4-6 years, with funding guaranteed for 4 years (5 with direct-entry from a BSc). Funding beyond the guaranteed period may be available through departmental awards, teaching assistantships, or from the supervisor.

Campuses & Research Facilities

EEB graduate students at U of T can draw from a diverse group of highly acclaimed faculty from across the St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough campuses, and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Students may also collaborate with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

EEB students also have access to state of the art research facilities, including greenhouses, growth chambers, a field research station at Koffler Scientific Reserve, and the Centre for the Analysis of Genome Evolution and Function.

University of Toronto Mississauga

University of Toronto St. George

University of Toronto Scarborough

Collaborative Specializations

Collaborative Specializations allow EEB students to simultaneously experience graduate opportunities in both their parent department and another program. Students can register in these specializations after being admitted.

Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies (ES) Collaborative Specialization gives students an opportunity to specialize in an area of environmental research and gain exposure to a wide range of intellectual and methodological disciplines focused on environmental issues.

Genome Biology & Bioinformatics

The Collaborative Specialization in Genome Biology & Bioinformatics trains graduate students in the computational, theoretical, biochemical, structural, biological, and genetic approaches used to investigate the connections between genomes, transcriptomes, proteomes, and their various functions.


Already accepted to an EEB graduate program? Congratulations! See below for some next steps.


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Domestic students are already covered by provincial healthcare plans, and so are not eligible for UHIP.


Graduate students may apply to live in U of T’s graduate residence Grad House, or those who have a spouse/partner and/or children may apply for student family housing. Many graduate students also choose to live off-campus.

Registration & Fees

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At the beginning of each academic year, students must register and pay their tuition + other fees (or defer fees until April 30) in order to attend classes or use university facilities.

Registration deadline is mid-Sept (check EEB Grad Handbook). After the final date, you will be required to show proof of payment and register at the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). A late registration fee of $44 plus a $5 per additional day to a max of $94 will be charged.

Students in the funded cohort may register without payment (deferring fees). Students who are out of the funded cohort should contact the EEB Grad Office for a deferral form.

Fees paid by doctoral students in the final year of their program are pro-rated and based on the 12-month academic year. These fees are based on the date the thesis is submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, not the date of the thesis defense. It can take SGS several weeks to adjust the final amount of tuition owed after the thesis is submitted. PhD students who submit their final thesis with all corrections and modifications by Sept. 15 do not pay fees for the Sept. session but, after this date, a charge applies for each month in which degree requirements are not completed by the 15th of the month.  

For a table of monthly charges contact: Students whose time limit for degree completion has expired but wish to return (for a max of 12 months) to defend a thesis are required to be reinstated and pay a reinstatement fee. For further information contact the

Graduate students may apply for affiliation with Mississauga or Scarborough campus if they meet specific criteria. 

Funding & Finances

Financing Your Studies

Information about graduate funding, scholarships, and available financial aid.

Graduate Guidelines

Graduate Student Handbook

Everything you need to know about life as an EEB Graduate student in one handy PDF.

Graduate Student Association (EGSA)

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) represents all EEB graduate students across our three campuses.

Important Dates

April 16, 2021
Final date to be recommended for June Convocation. 
Final date to submit PhD theses and MSc theses for June Convocation
May 7, 2021
Registration deadline for Summer (May to August) session
May 19, 2021
Winter session grades available for viewing by students on ACORN
May 31, 2021
Payment deadline to avoid service charges on unpaid Summer (May to August) session tuition and non-tuition fees for students registered in the Summer session, except for those who have successfully registered without payment because they are receiving a full funding package via a research stipend, a major award or scholarship, teaching assistantships, tuition waiver, and/or sponsorships.