Admission Requirements

Qualifications Needed to Apply

The deadline to apply for Fall 2018 admission is January 1, 2018.
(Note: PMCB offers admissions only in the fall semesters)

Successful candidates should have a strong interest in plant molecular and cellular mechanisms controlling development, metabolism, adaptation, and evolution. Applicants typically have a B.S. or M.S. in the agricultural, forestry, biological or chemical sciences with advanced undergraduate coursework in genetics, molecular and cellular biology, and biochemistry. However, outstanding students from a broad range of science and engineering disciplines are actively considered.

PMCB Requirements

Admission to the PMCB Program is highly competitive. The minimum requirements for admission to the program are listed below. Please note that highly competitive applicants selected for assistantships and financial support typically average scores above the minimum requirements listed below.

  • Strong research background in genetics, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, or other life science.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores
    • Applicants with GRE revised General Test taken on or after August 1, 2011: Verbal and quantitative scores of successful applicants are consistently above the 50% percentile (check your rank on the GRE/ETS concordance tables), or
    • Applicants with GRE General Test taken prior to August 1, 2011: Successful applicants present a combined scores of 1,100 or above on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE.
    NOTE: there is no program code for PMCB. Use 5812 for UF. Only the General Test is required. More information on the GRE.

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
    • A 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for work completed in undergraduate junior and senior years.

  • Non-US Applicants Only:
    • English Language Competency (non-native English speakers):
      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (internet), OR
      • IELTS (International English as a Foreign Language): 6, OR
      • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): 77
    • Verbal Portion of GRE:
      • GRE taken on or after August 1, 2011: 145 or greater
      • GRE taken prior to August 1, 2011: 350 or greater

Assistantship Opportunities

Successful qualified students are supported by a variety of research assistantships and fellowships, and students are not required to be teaching assistants. First year Ph.D. students rotate through three different PMCB faculty laboratories and select a major professor by the end of their first year. PMCB Graduate Research Assistantships include a competitive stipend, medical health insurance and a full tuition waiver.

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.

Rotation assistantships and university fellowships are awarded to students entering in the FALL SEMESTER ONLY. Students may be admitted in the Spring and Summer semesters ONLY if they are in contact with a professor who agrees to take them directly into their lab and fund their graduate studies.

Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty in areas of interest regarding potential openings in their research laboratories.