About our Graduate Program

We pride ourselves in the breadth and depth of training opportunities in both research and teaching that we provide our graduate students in the Plant Biology program. Our faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized experts in all levels of biology, from biochemistry to global change. Faculty listed by broad research areas can be found here (http://www.plantbio.uga.edu/research), but keep in mind that many of our faculty have interdisciplinary research programs that span traditional areas. Please check out our department's brochure and contact faculty of interest.

We also highly value teaching excellence among our faculty and students, and prioritize training opportunities for students interested in improving their pedagogical skills. All students have opportunities to serve as teaching assistants, but those with a particular interest in teaching can pursue a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and work with experienced teaching faculty to develop independent teaching projects.

Plant Biology MS Program, How to apply:

Students interested in the MS program for UGA Plant Biology for Fall 2018 should:

  1. Complete a Plant Biology MS Program Background and Interest form, This form can be submitted at anytime, but preferably soon after you submit your online application to the UGA Graduate School. This form is critical to the evaluation of your application. Before completing the form, review the  Plant Biology website to identify faculty that are of interest to you.
  2. Submit an official online application to the UGA Graduate School (degree code MS_PBIO), and route required transcripts (unofficial transcripts sufficient for initial application review), GRE scores, and letters of recommendation as instructed during the application process. The UGA Graduate School website provides detailed descriptions of admissions requirements, the application fee, and other pertinent information. International applicants should review supplemental requirements prior to applying. NOTE: GRE Subject Tests are not required as part of the application process.

Plant Biology PhD Program, How to apply:

Students interested in the PhD program for UGA Plant Biology for Fall 2018 should apply through the new UGA Integrated Plant Sciences (IPS) first semester program that allows you to submit one application that provides access to faculty in UGA Plant Biology and 7 other PhD programs with just one application. More information on the IPS portal can be found at IPS.  IPS students will rotate through 3 labs in fall of 2018 before settling in a chosen department and lab.  We have funding to recruit 15 students for fall 2018 matriculation.  

  1. Complete an online IPS Background & Interest form. This form can be submitted at anytime, but preferably soon after you submit your online application to the UGA Graduate School. This form is critical to the evaluation of your application. Before completing the form, review the IPS website to identify Interdisciplinary Groups, Departments, and Faculty that are of interest to you.

  2. Submit an official online application to the UGA Graduate School (degree code PhD_IPSC), and route required transcripts (unofficial transcripts sufficient for initial application review), GRE scores, and letters of recommendation as instructed during the application process. The UGA Graduate School website provides detailed descriptions of admissions requirements, the application fee, and other pertinent information. International applicants should review supplemental requirements prior to applying.  NOTE: GRE Subject Tests are not required as part of the application process.

MS and PhD applications received by December 1, 2017 are assured full consideration for financial support and on-site recruiting interviews.  If you are considering applying after that date, please contact me for more information.

We are always eager to include highly qualified and motivated students in our program and look forward to reviewing your completed Background and Interest forms and Applications. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Shu-Mei Chang
Graduate Coordinator
Email: smchang@uga.edu 
Phone: 706-583-8026