Prospective Students

Requirements for Admission

The application due date is January 2. Applications are only accepted for the fall semester.

For admission to the Plant Biology program, an applicant must:

University of Texas at Austin molecular biology doctoral student Jeff Tabor holds a bacteria-produced photo of an enlarged E. coli bacterium self portrait. arrowHold a Bachelorís degree in Biological Science, Botany, Plant Biology, or a related field or have at least 24 hours of coursework (12 of those hours must be in upper division) in the life sciences from an accredited institution in the U.S., or have had equivalent training at a foreign university;

arrowSubmit official copies of each academic transcript and have at least a 3.0 GPA (grade of B) in upper division work, and any graduate work completed;

arrowSubmit GRE scores. 

arrowSubmit three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate academic success;

arrowSubmit a personal statement that describes accomplishments, academic objectives, research interests, and goals;

arrowScore, in the case of foreign applicants, at least 550 (computer assisted equivalent is 213) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Examination.

Application Procedure

Prospective students must apply on line and have the following materials sent directly to the Graduate and International Admissions Center:

arrowOn-line application for admission to the Graduate School

arrowOn-line Statement of Purpose

arrowOn-line letters of recommendation

arrowOfficial transcripts from all colleges attended

arrowOfficial score reports for the G.R.E. (Graduate Records Exam)

arrowOfficial score reports for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if you are an international applicant

arrowThe application fee (your application will not be processed until the Graduate Admissions Center has received the application fee).

arrowPlant Biology Graduate Application form is on the last page of the Graduate School Application, or you may download it here.  Once you have completed the form, upload it to your online application ***Tips on filling out the electronic pdf form.

Please note that test scores must be reported directly FROM the testing agency. Photocopies will not be accepted.

Students are also encouraged to contact faculty members, which they are interested in working with.


Plant Biology images. (Photo credit: Dr. Z. Jeffrey Chen/University of Texas at Austin; Shutterstock images)