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Application Deadline: December 1

To apply to the Plant Biology graduate program, students should review the admission requirements of the Penn State Graduate School and pay the application fee.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted before the deadline. The Admissions Committee reviews applications as they become complete. It expects to complete all reviews by late December and select applicants for site or virtual interviews that will take place in January and February. Late applications will be considered only if interview slots are still available.

The following documents will be required as part of the Graduate School application process: 

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of motivations and goals
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Transcript(s)

The graduate programs and Penn State Graduate School are committed to verification of application materials; therefore, please ensure that all of your documents can be readily verified as being accurate and authentic.

Admission is granted jointly by the Penn State Graduate School and the Plant Biology graduate program.

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