Steps in the Application Process

  1. Identify one or more Plant Biology research laboratories that interest you. (Faculty lab groups listed by research area)
  2. If a research program interests you, read some recent papers published in that lab, and then email the faculty member serving as Principal Investigator (PI) to explore a potential fit for your graduate studies. This personal contact is an important part of the process.
  3. Complete an official UVM graduate college application.

The deadline for applications to the Graduate College for the Plant Biology graduate program is December 1 of each year and full consideration of applications after that date cannot be guaranteed.

Requirements for Admission

Successful applications generally include:

  • a bachelor's or master's degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field
  • some research experience
  • clarity of goals for graduate school

If you are interested in the program but you don't have this traditional training or background, please contact us.

Test Scores:

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are no longer required nor accepted as part of the application. This change went into effect in Fall 2019 and will be reflected in the UVM academic catalogue beginning in Fall 2020. Please be assured that GREs are not part of the application despite the information currently in the catalogue.

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit TOEFL scores, and a TOEFL score of at least 100 is required. If you've already earned a degree from an accredited American university, the TOEFL is not required.

Official test scores must be sent to The University of Vermont Graduate College by the Educational Testing Service. However, you are encouraged to enter your unofficial scores on your application as soon as you know them.

Graduate College Requirements: A checklist of admission requirements of the Graduate College, including your statement of purpose, transcripts, and letters of recommendation, can be found at the Graduate College Application Instructions page.