Plant Pathology Graduate Program

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Graduate Program

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Program in Plant Pathology at UC Riverside! Research in plant pathology at UC Riverside focuses on four areas: microbial pathogenesis, environmental microbiology and ecology, microbial evolution and genomics/metagenomics, and cellular and molecular microbiology. Information about individual faculty working in these areas can be found on the faculty page.

UCR's Plant Pathology Graduate Program offers a graduate program towards both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

For more information about joining our Graduate Program, please fill out our Interest Form.

Plant Pathology Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the Graduate Division, 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 (need to link). Majors in the physical sciences are welcomed, but students must be prepared to augment their undergraduate preparation with courses in the biological sciences. All applicants must provide GRE General Test scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical).

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.

Financial Support for Prospective Plant Pathology Students

Prospective Plant Pathology graduate students are encouraged to submit their applications by December 1. To be considered for financial assistance for your graduate training in the Plant Pathology, your application must be completed by January 5. The Plant Pathology Admissions Committee recommends student applicants for the competitive fellowships, tuition grants, and fee grants that are supported by the UC Riverside Graduate Division.

Plant Pathology graduate students are supported in part by fellowships and grants from the UC Riverside Graduate Division (need link). In addition, financial assistance for Plant Pathology students also includes appointments as teaching assistants or graduate student researchers. Most often, the Plant Pathology Graduate Program, Graduate Division, and a Plant Pathology faculty mentor will partner their funds to offer incoming students multi-year financial packages. The costs of graduate education and specifics about many aspects of financial aid can be found at the UC Riverside Graduate Division web site on Financial Support.

Students are encouraged to take independent steps to find alternative sources of funding. Domestic students can find information about alternative funding sources through the UC Riverside Graduate Division (need link). Many of the competitive national fellowships must be submitted during the first few months of graduate school. Please plan ahead. Acquiring a competitive national fellowship is a real sign of achievement.

How to Apply and Application 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.


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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.

Note for Domestic Student Applicants only:  The Department of 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 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

Tel: (800) 735-0717 or (951) 827-5688
Fax: (951) 827-5517
E-mail: laura.mcgeehan@ucr.edu

Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
Boyce Hall 1463

Tel: (951) 827-3598
Fax: (951) 827-4294
E-mail: margarita.flores@ucr.edu