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Behavioral Biology, Ph.D.

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University rank #13 (ARWU) Ithaca, NY, United States
Requirements for the Ph.D. degree include a minimum one semester of teaching experience, a survey course in neurobiology behavior, and an annual meeting of the Special Committee. The field has no formal language requirement, but one can be imposed by the student's Special Committee. The field also requires each student to give a publicly announced seminar as part of the dissertation defense.
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  •  A major learning goal of our program is to appreciate knowledge from multiple levels of analysis, while specializing in one or more of these areas (mechanistic, developmental, adaptive and evolutionary).  We offer a broad exposure and core curricular basis that will serve as the foundation for more specialized coursework, and ultimately, for independent research in preparation for a career as a professional biologist with a range of employment options.
  • While each student’s course of study is tailored to his or her needs and background, students across the program will share many learning goals on the road to establishing themselves as professional biologists, including:  independent learning and mastery of the appropriate literature in the student’s subfield; integration of the current state of knowledge to formulate a cutting edge research question; acquisition of data collection skills; acquisition of appropriate analysis skills to derive conclusions for appropriately designed investigations; effective communication abilities using written, spoken and presentation skills.  

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

In the course of studying for and completing a PhD in the field of Neurobiology and Behavior (NBB), students will work toward mastering an integrative understanding of behavior.  The expertise of faculty in NBB ranges from neuroscience to the evolution of behavior.

Concentrations by Subject:

  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Chemical Ecology
  • Ethology
  • Neuroethology
  • Sociobiology

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • GRE subject test in biology recommended, not required

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20800 USD/year
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  • National

    20800 USD/year
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Living costs for Ithaca

  • 1128 - 2460 USD/month
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Our graduate program is for academically talented undergraduates with a strong interest in neurobiology and/or behavior. Students admitted to the program are guaranteed 5 years of support, typically a combination across years of training grant fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching fellowships.

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