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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I consider when thinking about graduate school?

EEB professor Chris Boake has written an article about getting into graduate school. Also, the Career Basics booklet from AAAS has some helpful advice.

What is the status of my application?

The Office of Graduate Admissions will notify you by email of your application number. Please allow seven to ten business days to receive the notification after you have submitted your online application and fee. After you have received you application number, you can check the status of your application by following the instructions on the Graduate Admissions website. Keep in mind that EEB cannot evaluate your application until your application is complete.

How will I know the committee’s decision?

Once the EEB Admissions Committee has reviewed your application materials and made a decision, you will be notified in writing.

What is the admission deadline?

The admissions deadline for EEB is December 1 each year. Please note that EEB’s departmental deadline is earlier than the deadlines published on the University Graduate Admissions website. We encourage international students to submit their entire application packet by November 15.

What if I can’t take the GRE in my country?

The GRE is not required for any applicants and is not considered by EEB’s Graduate Admissions committee.

What is the University of Tennessee’s institutional code for the standardized tests?

To have your scores sent to the University of Tennessee, use the institutional code 1843. Official reports of TOEFL scores must be sent directly from the testing agencies to the Graduate Admissions.

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Graduate School Contact

Brian O’Meara, Chair
Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
569 Dabney Hall
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-1610