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Application Process|Program in Ecology

Applying to UW Program in Ecology

Program in Ecology (PiE) is a program, not a department; therefore, all PiE students must apply to a home department (Zoology, Ecosystem Science and Management, Plant Sciences, etc.) in conjunction with apply to PiE.  The home department is the one in which the student's advisor is housed.  Application steps include:

1.  Familiarize yourself with the Program in Ecology

Learn about PiE student and faculty research interests, curriculum, facilities, participating departments, campus-wide social/academic opportunities, and more.  The University of Wyoming is a relatively small but highly engaged campus, located in southern Wyoming and within 20 minutes of the Laramie Range and 45 minutes of the Snowy Mountains.

2.  Read through PiE's admissions requirements

Visit our graduate affairs policy page to read through what the committee is looking for in a PiE student.  PiE is a competitive program but students from a variety of departments and with a variety of research interests are considered.

3. Ensure you meet University's admission requirements

The University sets the baseline requirements for all incoming PhD students.  The University requirements page contains information regarding test scores (GRE for domestic students or TOEFL for international students), residency, credit hours, etc.

3.  Identify a faculty advisor

Visit our faculty page to identify and contact a potential advisor.  This contact is typically made in the fall, though many successful contacts have been made in January and February.   Students may also be co-advised by a PiE affiliate, if desired.  If you prefer to search by research topic, visit our research page.

This step is critical.  You MUST have a faculty member's consent in order to apply to the program.

4.  Apply to the University of Wyoming

Applications are done entirely online, with one exception.  Students applying to the Department of Zoology and Physiology are reviewed off-line first (ask your potential advisor for more details).

All other applicants must complete an online application found here.  In the Program section, select PhD - Ecology / [department name].  You are also required to identify the faculty advisor you are applying to work with.

In addition, you will upload required documents (letter of interest, CV, transcripts, etc.), those who are writing letter of recommendations will upload their letters, and you will pay a $50 application fee. 

          >> Click here for online application.

Contact Brenna Marsicek (, 307-766-6240) with any questions.

5.  Email PiE with letter of interest

You are required to submit a letter of interest to the Program in Ecology (it must specify explicitly why you would like to be considered for PiE) immediate after completing your online application. Letters must identify the faculty advisor you are applying to work with.  Email letters to

Additional Questions

Please thoroughly review the Frequently Asked Questions page if you have additional questions.  Any additional questions should be directed to PiE Office Associate Brenna Marsicek ( or 307-766-6240).

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