Plant Science Ph.D. Program (Overview)

In this multidisciplinary program, there are several components to the application process: submission of paperwork, identification of advisor and funding, and approval by the Graduate College and Plant Science Steering Committee.

All application materials must be sumbitted directly to the OSU Graduate College.

  • An official Graduate College application for admission and the non-refundable application fee. The current fee is indicated in the application materials.
  • Original transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. In addition, to the general test, the Advanced Biology GRE is encouraged. The GRE Department code for the Plant Science Degree Program is 0112 and should be used in your GRE application.
  • A statement of purpose and goals that should include relevant information about your background, research interests, and vocational objectives, including the name of your prospective advisor and home department
  • A resume summarizing your academic and professional accomplishments.
  • Three letters of recommendation must be submitted directly from the referees.
  • An abstract of your M.S. thesis, if applicable.

International Students must also submit to the OSU Graduate College:

International Students: English Proficiency test scores (TOEFL) should be submitted by international students. An internet-based TOEFL (iBT) score of 79 is required for admissions. In order for an individual whose native language is not English to receive a teaching assistantship, he or she must score 26 or higher on the "speaking section" of the iBT. Students who score 21-25 must take and pass the OSU International Teaching Assistant (ITA) exam before being allowed to teach. Students who score 20 or less must undergo additional spoken English training before being allowed to take the ITA exam. A financial affidavit in accordance with OSU requirements

Once the application is complete, it will be forwarded to the Coordinator of the Plant Science Program for review. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials are complete.

The Plant Science Program Steering Committee meets and evaluates the applicant's credentials when the application materials are complete. Upon making a decision, the Committee forwards their recommendation to the Graduate College. The Graduate College notifies the applicant of these results by letter, a copy of which is sent to the Program Coordinator. Refer to the following documents for additional information.

Ph.D. Admission Requirements
Plant Science Ph.D. Guidelines
Graduate Program Academic Guidelines Aug 2015-16