Students can pursue an M.S. or a Ph.D. degree through the PMCB program. All students complete core courses in Advanced Genetics, Plant Molecular Biology and Genomics, Plant Cellular and Developmental Biology, and Plant Biochemistry. In addition to the core classes, students can select from a variety of courses in biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, breeding, genetics, evolution, microbiology, and plant pathology. A course or study is designed by each student together with his or her graduate committee to reflect individual professional goals and research interests.
Every Fall semester, the program awards a limited number of rotation assistantships to students seeking a Ph.D. First year students on rotation assistantships complete short research projects in three different PMCB faculty laboratories and select a Ph.D. advisor by the end of their first year.
Non-rotating Ph.D. students must identify a major professor willing to supervise and support their program of study before gaining admission to the program.
All Ph.D. students must pass written and oral qualifying exams. Completion of the PMCB program is approximately four years for a Ph.D. and two years for a Masters degree.
All applicants are automatically considered for financial support. However, financial support is awarded preferentially to students pursuing a Ph.D. degree. Non-rotating Ph.D. or Master’s students must identify a major professor willing to supervise and financially support their program of study before gaining admission to PMCB.
Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty in areas of interest regarding potential openings in their research laboratories.