Graduate Studies

The Division of Plant Sciences offers graduate programs leading to master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in Plant, Insect and Microbial Sciences with a specialty in one of five graduate program areas. A student can select training from a wide range of courses and research programs to prepare for a career in research, teaching, industry and extension work.

The Division of Plant Sciences maintains excellent graduate programs with classroom instruction and research supervision provided by leading scientists in the field. A student can select training in one of several Graduate Program Areas. Students can follow a traditional curriculum or take advantage of the cross-disciplinary expertise that exists within the Division.

Graduate Program Areas

Graduate Admissions

You may begin your application for graduate study by completing the formal University graduate school application. You may also use this site to provide most of the supplementary documentation described below. It is not necessary to submit a paper copy to the division.
You will be required to submit the following:
  • Three letters of reference from people who can comment on your ability to succeed in graduate school.
  • A brief resume (one to two pages).
  • A clearly written, one- to two-page motivation statement that outlines your educational and career goals.
  • Copies of transcripts can be submitted for review.

Next, order the following supporting documents:

  • All non-native English speaking applicants must submit either an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum total score of 80 on an internet-based test (IBT), or 550 on a paper-based test (PBT) or, an IELTS (academic version) with a minimum total score of 6.5. In addition, scores must consist of subsection minimums of no less than 20 on IBT, 54 on PBT or 6.0 on IELTS.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work will be required upon acceptance.

Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are not required for admission into our program, however, they will be considered if submitted.

Students who complete graduate study in the Division of Plant Sciences receive a degree in Plant, Insect and Microbial Sciences with a specialty in one of five graduate program areas. We’d like to match you with a potential adviser as early in the application process as possible. Now is the time to contact individual faculty advisers about their research programs in your area of interest.

Applications received by December 15 of each year will receive the greatest consideration. Applications will also be considered throughout the year depending on availability of assistantship funding.