The University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers a Master of Science (MSc) program in Ecology and Evolution. Students complete original research as well as coursework to complete this degree. The Graduate Program Handbook details the requirements and structure of the program.

Graduate school is about matching your research interests with the topics and projects pursued by your potential mentor. Check out the Current Projects page to get a sense of the active research in the Mooney laboratory. 


We have limited number of teaching assistantships available in the biology department. Students receive a stipend for teaching two laboratory sections per semester. These are awarded on a competitive basis. Students who have a strong GPA (i.e. 3.5 or greater) plus research experience as an undergraduate tend to be competitive applicants. However, this also depends on the available number of positions. Contact the graduate program director for more information about the availability of teaching assistantships. Additional scholarships are available through the UCCS Graduate Scholarship, Graduate Opportunity Scholarship, and grants through the UCCS Office of Financial Aid.

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining the team, please email Dr. Mooney, emooney (at) uccs (dot) edu. Include a message describing your research interests and how you see those fitting with the lab’s research focus. Potential graduate students should also attach a CV (Curriculum Vitae/Resume) and an unofficial transcript.

More information on the admissions requirements for the graduate program in biology at UCCS can be found on this link.

Maria Mullins and James Den Uyl