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Plant Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #51 (ARWU) , MD,
The Plant Science (PLSC) graduate program offers training with concentrations in Agronomy, Cell Biology, Functional Genomics, Molecular Physiology, Conservation Biology and Ecology, Pathology, and Landscape Ecosystems Management.


Students are trained by graduate faculty with an emphasis on interdisciplinary education and mastery of their chosen area of study. All PLSC graduate training is thesis-based, and an emphasis is placed on research and discovery learning rather than coursework. Students work directly with internationally-recognized graduate faculty who are leaders in their disciplines.  Students are guided in their studies by a major professor as well as a graduate advisory committee selected by the student from experts on the campus, nearby research institutions, and other universities. 

The objectives of the Plant Science graduate program are:

  • To provide students with the skills in analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative information, using inductive and deductive reasoning, and communicating in both verbal and written form.

  • To train a next generation of plant science researchers to lead public and private efforts to provide a secure and nutritious food supply, maintain and restore ecosystems, and provide high quality plant science education.

  • To advance knowledge in the plant sciences that is critical to the improvement of the efficiency, profitability, and sustainability of global and national agricultural and natural resources.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environmental Plant Physiology
  • Sports Turf Management
  • Advanced Crop Science
  • Commercial Turf Maintenance and Production
  • Principles of Plant Pathology
  • Green Roofs and Urban Sustainability
  • Greenhouse Crop Production
  • Environmental Horticulture
  • Weed Science
  • Application of Knowledge in Plant Sciences

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

The PLSC graduate program seeks highly qualified applicants for the program. Admission to the PLSC graduate program is competitive. All applicants to the PLSC graduate program must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores.  A combined score of 300 on the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning of the GRE are desirable. Foreign applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1474 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1474 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    683 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 683 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for College Park

  • 1676 - 2840 USD/month
    Living Costs

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