Admission Requirements


Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree in agriculture or biological sciences with strong academic performance. Other applicants will be considered provided they have a strong biological science background, including courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. Physics, statistics, agriculture, soils, and botany or plant science courses are recommended. Ph.D. applicants should have a M.S. degree or significant research experience.


Please complete your application by January 15 to be considered for all possible sources of financial support. Applications will be considered for fall or spring admission, but most financial support is available to students starting in the fall semester. International students must be admitted at least 4 months before the intended starting date to provide adequate time for visa processing.

Contact Information

For questions about application procedures, funding, areas of research and collaboration, or if you have questions regarding the status of your application, please contact the graduate program coordinator, Stacy Smith (