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Plant Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (ARWU) Knoxville, TN, United States
Both thesis and project options are available for the major in Plant Sciences at University of Tennessee Knoxville, each guided by a graduate committee consisting of the major professor and two or more other faculty members. 
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Overview

Studies are possible across a wide variety of crop commodities, including fruits, vegetables, weeds, cereals, grains, turfgrass, ornamental plants, and public horticulture. 

Plant Sciences students from University of Tennessee Knoxville can undertake research to address challenges related to plant protection, molecular biology, breeding, genetics, biotechnology, physiology, ecology, culture, and management. Students must select a formal concentration as a focus of study.

Concentrations (Required) and Options Available:
  • Crop Sciences — Thesis, Project
  • Horticulture — Thesis, Project
  • Plant Breeding — Thesis, Project 
  • Plant Molecular Genetics — Thesis, Project 
  • Weed Science — Thesis, Project

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Nursery Management and Production
  • Native Plants in the Landscape
  • Field Study of Public Horticulture Institutions
  • Greenhouse Management
  •  Fruit and Vegetable Crops
  • Field and Forage Crops
  • Plant and Garden Photography
  • Public Garden Operations and Management
  •  Specialty Landscape Construction
  • Weed Management

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

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency. A non-U.S. degree must be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from the United States and must be accredited by its regional or national accreditation agency.
  • pplicants may be required to submit standardized test scores, depending upon their program requirements.
  • Applicants may be required to submit English language certification test scores.
  • An applicant requesting admission to the Graduate School may be required to submit results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31798 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31798 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    31798 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31798 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13380 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Knoxville

  • 885 - 1460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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