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How to apply for program

Application Information

Application Deadlines*:

U.S. Citizens
Fall Semester
June 15
1 July 1
Spring Semester
October 15
October 1

*The Graduate College will process applications received after the deadline however, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission.  Contact the Population and Conservation Biology Program Director Dr. C. Nice for more information. Applicants to the Population and Conservation Biology Program are strongly encouraged to apply for the fall semester (see program description and goals).

Beginning with applications for Fall 2011, ALL application materials must be submitted electronically. Navigate to the Graduate College admissions documents site. This includes letters of recommendation - in other words, please refer your letter writers to this page where they can find the link to submit letters of recomendation. Please do not direct any documents to the program director.

(PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the program director, Dr. C. Nice, with any inquiries prior to submitting application materials. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to submit materials early. Dr. Nice conducts field research beginning in May or June and is often away for several months in the summer. He can be reached by email, however, delays in processing applications are likely during this time.)


Graduate College Contact Information

Phone Number:
Mailing Address:
The Graduate College 
Texas State University-San Marcos 
601 University Drive 
San Marcos, TX  78666-4605
Campus Location:
K.C. Kellam Administration Building, Rm 280, TSU Main Campus.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College requirements, the Population and Conservation Biology Program has the following admission requirements. These materials must also be submitted through the Graduate College admissions documents - click here.

  1. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty members familiar with the student's academic preparation and experience. Please refer your letter writers to this page where they can find the link to submit letters of recomendation.
  2. A statement of academic and career goals and research interests
  3. A current CV
  4. An "Intent to Mentor" letter from a faculty member who is either a core or contributing member of the Population and Conservation Biology Program at Texas State University. See the Faculty link for a list of participating faculty members. In the letter, the faculty member must agree through preliminary contacts, discussion, or an interview with the student to serve as the student's initial thesis mentor/advisor.  Contact with faculty is the primary vehicle for learning of opportunities for research and support, and for developing potential avenues of research.  Students may change advisors in the course of their study. The intent of the mentor requirement is to help ensure that students have a successful start to their graduate career.  Sponsorship by a faculty member is an absolute requirement for admission into the program and applications without the letter of the "Intent to Mentor" letter are considered incomplete and will not be processed further.

For questions about the application process, direct inquiries to:

Dr. Chris Nice
Director, Population and Conservation Biology Program
Department of Biology
601 University Drive
Texas State University
San Marcos 78666
Email: ccnice@txstate.edu
Tel: 512-245-3358

For further info on application information and graduate student policy and advice see also the Biology Department Graduate Studies webpages: