The School of Plant Sciences has a long-standing tradition of excellence in plant science research. The large faculty has diverse research interests ranging from horticulture to genomics and microbiology to evolution. As part of the BIO5 Institute, our faculty are closely associated with colleagues in the Colleges of Engineering, Pharmacy, and Medicine. This diversity is translated into our graduate curriculum, where students gain a broad understanding of all aspects of plant science while retaining the ability to specialize. Students also benefit from regular opportunities to meet scientists from across the country and around the world. An emphasis on critical thinking and written and oral communication prepares students for a wide variety of 21st century careers in academia and beyond, including positions as university faculty, research scientists, plant breeders, consultants, science writers, teachers, or science lawyer/patent officers, among many others.
The School of Plant Sciences is a vigorous, cutting-edge, and comprehensive academic unit of the University of Arizona, whose scientists are devoted to the study of plants, the organisms that underpin the survival of terrestrial life. Research programs within the School examine how plants grow, how they respond to their environment, how they evolved, how they can be manipulated, and their fungal, bacterial, and viral interactions.
There are two avenues for admission to SPLS: directly through the School or through the Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences (ABBS). Students admitted though SPLS may obtain an MS or PhD degree in Plant Sciences or Plant Pathology, whereas students admitted through the ABBS program may obtain a PhD degree in Cancer Biology, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and Cell Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics, Immunobiology, or Plant Sciences (including Plant Pathology). For more details about the ABBS program, and how to apply through the ABBS program, please, see http://abbs.arizona.edu/index.html. For more information about which application path better suits you, contact the Graduate Coordinator, Georgina Lambert at email@example.com.
The University of Arizona Graduate College handles admission to all graduate programs. However, admissions committees in SPLS and in ABBS make recommendations to the Graduate College. It is therefore necessary to complete the SPLS or ABBS requirements in addition to the required application to the Graduate College.
The first step in application to either program is to complete the Graduate College application at http://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/apply-now. Students applying directly to SPLS must choose PLS or PLP at the time of application. There is an application fee for each application submitted.
SCHOOL OF PLANT SCIENCES APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to materials requested by the Graduate College, the following items will be required for upload as part of the application process:
• A letter describing the applicant’s background, previous experience, and research interests (Statement of Purpose).It is very important to contact potential mentors (faculty members in SPLS) before applying. In doing so, the applicant should ask whether the faculty member will take students on this admission cycle, and whether they have funding to support a student. Please indicate that you have contacted these faculty members, and indicate the nature of their responses, in your letter/statement of purpose. Applications will not be considered with priority unless it is made clear that the applicant has interacted by email with proposed faculty mentors.
• Three letters of recommendation
• Official Transcripts (click here for transcript requirements)
• Graduate Record Examination test scores (GRE) for the General Test, with one advanced test recommended in an area related to applicant's interests/background. (Institution Code: 4832)
• TOEFL score (international students only)
Required test(s): GRE General Test
Required GRE Subject tests: None
Recommended GRE Subject tests:
Minimum GRE Verbal:
Minimum GRE Quantitative:
Minumum GRE Written:
Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7
Please see details of our Program Requirements here: https://cals.arizona.edu/spls/graduate/prospective/program_requirements