Admissions to the Plant Biology Program

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Admissions to the Plant Biology Graduate Program will be based on the requirements listed below. The Office of Graduate Admissions handles all admission and application procedures for students applying for Graduate Study at Rutgers-New Brunswick.

  1. Degrees Offered
    1. Master's Degrees
      1. Master of Science (M.S.)
        1. M.S. with thesis.
        2. M.S. without thesis (usually terminal in this program)
      2. Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.)
    2. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  2. Admission Requirements
    1. Master's Degree
      1. Courses
        1. General Biology with laboratory (2 terms required)
        2. Two plant science courses (e.g. plant physiology, genetics, plant pathology, ecology or taxonomy)
        3. General Chemistry with laboratory (2 terms required)
        4. Organic Chemistry (1 term required, 2 recommended)
        5. One course in Calculus or Statistics
        6. One course in Physics, Geology or Soils
      2. OPTIONAL - The Graduate Record Examination (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical/Writing Assessment).
      3. GPA of at least 3.0 . Please note that the entire application is considered as a whole and a deficiency in a component does not mean an automatic rejection. Decisions are based upon the overall quality and merit of the entire application.
    2. Ph.D. Degree (Includes M.S./Ph.D. track students)
      1. Courses
        1. General Biology with laboratory (2 term required)
        2. Genetics
        3. A course in Plant Biology (e.g. Botany, Physiology, or Ecology)
        4. General Chemistry with laboratory (2 terms required)
        5. Organic Chemistry (1 term required, 2 recommended)
        6. Calculus (1 term required, 2 recommended)
        7. Physics (1 term required, 2 recommended)
      2. OPTIONAL - The Graduate Record Examination (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical/Writing Assessment).