PBGB Admissions

Although the PBGB program has no deadline, applications recieved by December 1st, are considered for Plant Science and University Fellowships. Early submission of application material is important for full consideration.  All required materials must be submitted before applications will be reviewed.

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Any student who has completed (or is completing) at least a bachelor of science or arts with a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale can apply for post-graduate education in PBGB. The GPA for admission to graduate school will be calculated on the basis of courses taken the last two academic years. THE AVERAGE WILL BE DETERMINED WHETHER UNDER A FIRST OR SECOND BACHELOR'S DEGREE OR MASTER'S DEGREE.

To be accepted as a graduate student in PBGB, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be taken and the following standards attained:

  • Minimum score of 153 on the verbal section
  • Minimum score of 144 on the quantitative section
  • Minimum score of 3.0 on the writing assessment

IF YOU ARE NOT AWARDED A UNIVERSITY OR PLANT SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP, AN APPLICANT MUST BE ACCEPTED PRIOR TO ADMISSION BY A PBG FACULTY MEMBER WHO IS WILLING TO SERVE AS THE MAJOR PROFESSOR AND PROVIDE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP SUPPORT. However, no commitment, either verbal or written, will be made by a faculty member until the completed application packet has been received in the Program and reviewed by the PBG Advisory Committee and Director for acceptance.

A complete packet includes the following:

  • Completed application form.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts from each college/university attended. The student should have one copy sent to the PBG program coordinator; transcripts of work taken at Michigan State University need not be requested. International transcripts must be translated into English and certified if originals are in another language (include original).
  • Graduate Record Exam scores (verbal, quantitative, and writing assessment sections).
  • International students: Financial statement and evidence of financial ability to meet educational and maintenance expenses for each year of their proposed study.
  • TOEFL exam results (for international students).

Letters of recommendation can be submitted through the Graduate Admissions Application (links provided in the application).  Official transcripts should be sent directly to the address below.

After an applicant's file is completed, a notice is sent to all faculty members listing the student's name, degrees held, awarding institutions, areas of interest, and need for financial assistance. Special funding is available periodically to assist in recruiting and supporting minority and female candidates and thereby fulfilling affirmative action goals. If after 3 months no PBG faculty member has indicated an interest in serving as advisor, the applicant is advised and the file is closed. In all instances, acceptance for international applicants is not formally granted until the English Language Center and /or the University Graduate Admissions have signed the application for admission. The PBGB Director will send the applicant formal notice of acceptance.

Applicants considering a graduate degree program may be admitted on a regular or provisional status.


  • At least one college introductory course in: Algebra, Physics, Genetics, Trigonometry, Organic Chemistry.
  • 15 credit hours in plant sciences.
  • GPA of 3.0.
  • A minimum GRE exam score of 153-verbal, 144-quantitative, 3.0-analytical.
  • Exceptions must be approved by the PBGB Program Advisory Committee.


  • A student may be admitted to graduate school on a provisional status provided that no more than 8 collateral credits are needed. This indicates the student is lacking certain courses considered essential to their program (as listed for "regular" admission).
  • Courses taken to fulfill deficiencies will be listed as collateral and will not apply towards the minimum number of credits required for the degree.
  • Applicants with this status must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Collateral courses will be specified at the time of admission and may include other courses specified by the major professor.

Additional information and forms for admissions are available from:

Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology Program
1066 Bogue St, Rm A278
East Lansing, MI 48824

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