Application Process

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Admission to the Plant Biology Graduate Program

  • You must be approved for admission to the program by the Admissions Committee.
  • Deadlines

  • Applications accepted for fall admission only. The Plant Biology Graduate Program does not admit students in the spring semester
  • Apply online. For students absolutely unable to apply online, paper applications are available by contacting the Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Compete applications must be received by the following dates for consideration of admission to the program:

    January 15 -- Deadline for all applicants, both Domestic and International, who wish to be considered for University Fellowships, teaching assistantships or graduate assistantships.

    March 1 -- Deadline for International applicants to be considered for admission without University support.

    April 1 -- Deadline for Domestic applicants to be considered for admission without University support.

    Complete Applications Consist of:

  • Application
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript from all other universities and colleges attended
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores or IELTS scores, if applicable
  • Resume
  • Any missing item(s) renders the application incomplete. Your application will not be reviewed by the admissions committee.

    The Application Process

  • Complete the online application.
  • Note the RUID number that your application has assigned.
  • Use the ID number to check the status of your application online throughout the process.
  • Send all supporting documents directly to the Graduate Admission office. Do not send items to the Plant Biology and Pathology graduate program as this will cause a delay in processing and may result in your application not being received in time for review by the Plant Biology admissions committee.
  • The Admissions Committee

  • Every application will be reviewed and ranked by members of the admissions committee. This committee is comprised of faculty in the Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Pathology.
  • Information on applicants found acceptable to the program is forwarded to every faculty member in the Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Pathology as each application review is completed. This allows faculty who are searching for students to review the acceptable applicant pool and contact applicants whose interests may overlap with theirs.
  • It is best to complete your application early in the time line before other applicants are chosen to fill open spaces in labs.
  • Important Note: A promise of faculty sponsorship does not guarantee admission to the program. In other words, you can be denied admissions due to lack of faculty sponsorship, but you cannot be automatically admitted to the program simply because of faculty sponsorship.

    For more information about our faculty, see our list of current Plant Biology and Pathology Program faculty and their research interests.