Vertebrate Paleontology Graduate Education

The KU Paleontology graduate program is ranked number one in the country among public schools in the 2024 rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Vertebrate Paleontology is affiliated with the degree-granting KU Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, which offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Classes in paleontology are commonly listed under both KU Geology and KU Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), and sometimes other departments. The classes taken by graduate students in paleontology are often the same regardless of their department affiliation, however the individual department degree requirements vary. We recommend visiting the department websites to find details before deciding to which department you will apply.

Contact K. Christopher Beard at or phone +1-785-864-4185 and learn more about his research here