To be considered for admission to the Plant Biology graduate program at Penn State, prospective students must 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. Research experience is desirable.
Proficiency in the English language. With some exceptions (noted below), international candidates 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 application for admission.
Department code: 30
Institution code: 2660
Note: International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they have received a baccalaureate or a master's degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following countries: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, United States, and Wales.
Note: GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) scores are not required for admission. However, if you have taken the General GRE Aptitude Test and/or the GRE Subject Test and received good scores that you think could boost the strength of your overall application, you may submit those test scores.
- Institution code: 2660
- Department code: 5199
Applicants also must complete the forms and send in the materials outlined in the instructions on how to apply.