The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Plant Biology admission requirements

Criteria you need to meet to be considered for admission to the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Plant Biology at Penn State

Three trees on a hilltopTo be considered for admission, you need to have:

  • An appropriate academic background, including a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) during the last two years (junior/senior) of a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university.
    • You should have a strong foundation in the biological sciences, including biochemistry, general physics, and college mathematics through calculus. Students with limited deficiencies may be admitted but must make up their deficiencies concurrently with their graduate studies.
  • Recent general GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Aptitude Test scores.
    • Institution code: 2660
    • Department code: 0205
  • Proficiency in the English language. With some exceptions (noted in How to apply), international applicants are required to take the TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and submit the results of the test with the application for admission.
    • Minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 80 points on the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 points on the speaking portion.
      • Institution code: 2660
      • Department code: 30
    • The minimum composite score for the IELTS is 6.5.

You also need to complete the forms and send us the materials outlined in the instructions on how to apply.