Admission Criteria:

In addition to meeting the requirements listed on the Graduate Division site, the minimum entrance requirements are as follows:

  1. Students typically have a baccalaureate major in a biological science or training equivalent to that given in the Plant Science curriculum of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences . Majors in the physical sciences are welcomed, but students must be prepared to augment their undergraduate preparation with courses in the biological sciences.
  2. All applicants must provide GRE General Test scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical).
  3. All candidates for the M.S. or the Ph.D. degree should have good basic preparation in chemistry and biology. It is common for students to have completed courses in biochemistry, organic chemistry, cell and molecular biology, elementary college mathematics, general physics, general botany, microbiology, statistics, genetics, plant physiology, mycology, and plant pathology.

This list is intended to represent the minimum background required for students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in Plant Pathology. Additional course work and laboratory experience in microbiology, biochemistry or genetics is highly desirable. However, upon the recommendation of the graduate advisory committee, occasionally a student may be admitted into the graduate program with one or more course work deficiencies; such students must satisfy these course work deficiencies usually within the first and no later than within the second year of graduate study.


How to Apply and Deadlines

The priority deadline for early consideration and full fellowships is December 1st. The standard Graduate Division deadline is January 5th. After January 5th, applications are considered on a rolling basis depending on funding availability. Please apply online through the Online Application for Graduation Admission. For more detailed information about the application process for admission and financial aid please go to the UC Riverside Graduate Division site.

Note for Domestic PhD Applicants only:  The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology will pay for your application fees if your GRE score is 305 and above and your GPA is 3.02 and above.  In order to apply for a fee waiver for application fees, please SAVE, but DO NOT SUBMIT your online application. Notify Laura McGeehan, the Student Service Advisor for the Plant Pathology Graduate Program to apply for the waiver and submit your application once your fee waiver has been applied.

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Graduate Program in Plant Pathology

1140 Batchelor Hall
University of California                                                                                                
900 University Avenue                                                                                             
Riverside, CA 92521 USA      

The UCR institution code for the GRE and TOEFL is 4839.

The Plant Pathology GRE code is 0215. The TOEFL code is 07.