Plant Science at Michigan State University
MSU has long been recognized for excellence and leadership in the plant sciences. Graduate studies are offered through ten plant-science related departments and programs spanning the full range from basic biochemistry and molecular biology, to physiology, genetics, breeding, agricultural production, ecology and evolutionary biology. The strength of individual programs is enhanced by the breadth of complementary plant science expertise and opportunities for interaction throughout campus. Prospective students may apply directly to an individual program or to the Plant Sciences in general (see below). Plant Science Fellowships providing opportunities to explore research in a number of plant science-related laboratories are also available.
Numerous funding opportunities are available for graduate students in the Plant Sciences. Participating departments and graduate programs offer various research and teaching assistantships. In addition, training grants are often available. Finally, the University provides Plant Science Fellowships that offer funding to outstanding students for their first two years of study. These fellowships provide students with the opportunity for rotations in any plant science laboratory on campus, regardless of department or program. After the first year, the student selects a major professor and graduate degree program. After the second year, funding is provided by the major professor and department. Plant Science Fellows also will receive a $2000 professional enhancement stipend to facilitate travel to professional meetings.
How to Apply
Multiple Programs To be considered for multiple plant science programs, please indicate in your cover letter which programs are of most interest to you. Select ONE of those programs to use when filling out line 17 of the application form.
- Application Form
- GRE Scores
- Statement of Purpose
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Domestic Applicants Only
Individual Department or Program To an individual department or program: A student may apply to any department or program of interest. Instructions for application in each case may be obtained from the web site for the appropriate Plant Science Related Departments at MSU.
Send Completed Applications to:
The Graduate School
Michigan State University
479 W. Circle Dr. Rm 118
East Lansing, MI 48824