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How to Apply for Graduate Study in Plant Biology

  1. Identify one or more Plant Biology research laboratories that interest you. Faculty lab groups are listed by research area here.
  2. Fill out a Plant Biology online pre-application.
  3. Consider emailing faculty with whom you would particularly like to work.
  4. Complete an official UVM application through the Graduate College.

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:

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

Test Scores: Scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required, and a score in the 60th percentile or better is recommended. A GRE subject test in biology or cell and molecular biology is optional. All international applicants from non-English speaking countries must also 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. In addition, test scores can be entered on the pre-application form and photocopies of your test scores can be sent ahead of your complete application directly to the Department of Plant Biology, University of Vermont, 111 Jeffords Hall, 63 Carrigan Drive, Burlington, VT 05405, U.S.A.

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.

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