We are a "Direct Admit" program

For the Integrative Biology PhD program, students enter into a particular IB faculty member's lab without rotations. Not all faculty chose to recruit students every year. Students interested in applying to the IB graduate program for entry in the Fall of 2022 are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty mentors before applying. Also, please review the information on our program in the Berkeley Academic Guide.

Applying this Fall

You can view an informational video from the 2020 UC Berkeley Graduate Diversity Admissions Fair (Zoom video recording).


Students planning to enter graduate study in integrative biology are expected to have the equivalent of a major in a biological science, although students with other appropriate backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Integrative Biology admits students to the Ph.D. program only. Occasionally a student's academic goal changes and they may petition for a master's degree.

The program for the Ph.D. varies considerably, according to the background and interests of individual students. All candidates for the Ph.D. must pass an oral qualifying examination. The crucial part of the Ph.D. program is the dissertation, based upon original research in which the candidate demonstrates the ability to conduct independent study and to incorporate the results in a thesis.

One year of experience as a graduate student instructor, an advanced evolution course, a seminar on teaching pedagogy are required as part of the Ph.D. program in integrative biology.

For questions and inquiries, please contact the Graduate Affairs Office.

The Department of Integrative Biology
Graduate Admissions
University of California, Berkeley
299 Life Sciences Addition (LSA) #3200
Berkeley CA 94720-3200