Application to the Graduate Program
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR FALL 2014 IS DECEMBER 15TH.
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Evidence of laboratory training and research experience is highly desirable for applicants interested in entering the Plant Biology Graduate Program. Prospective students should have substantial undergraduate training in biology or plant science and an overall undergraduate cumulative average of 3.0. The admissions committee is particularly interested in evaluating grades obtained in the sciences and mathematics.
Minimal undergraduate course requirements include:
One year of General Biology or Plant Science
Note: Students lacking the courses listed above should include a statement explaining how they will obtain such knowledge before they take the preliminary comprehensive exams for the Ph.D or the M.S. defense.
Applicants should apply for either the MS or the PhD program. The Plant Biology Graduate Program does not have a MS/PhD track. Official GRE scores, official transcripts, and two letters of reference must be provided. The institution code for reporting GRE and TOEFL scores is 3917 - no department code is necessary. The Subject Test in Biology or Chemistry or Biochemistry, is optional. The "Personal Statement" as requested on the University of Massachusetts application form should include a brief narrative that addresses work experience, research experience, and scholarship.
Applicants should include reprints of papers published in refereed science journals and/or abstracts from papers presented at meetings (only if they are written in English). Do not including any extraneous information such as photocopies of diplomas, certificates of award, etc. Students whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores.
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