Plant Biology

University of Texas at Austin

36 months
9081 USD/year
9081 USD/year
4608 USD/year
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Graduate study in plant biology is available in the following areas: algal physiology, plant biochemistry, cell biology, development, ecology, evolution, molecular biology, natural products chemistry, photobiology, phycology, plant anatomy, plant biogeography, plant morphology, plant physiology, population biology, systematics, and ultrastructure.


The University of Texas at Austin has earned an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching in the plant sciences.  Current research areas are diverse and across the breadth of plant sciences.  They include

  • signaling, genes and genomics, and physiology
  • ecology and evolution
  • microbiome studies in plants and herbivores, from laboratory to ecosystem scales
  • use of plants to achieve health, agricultural, and ecosystem goals.

The Plant Biology Program is a consortium of faculty from several Departments of the College of Natural Science.  The faculty supervise graduate students in M.A. and Ph.D. degree plans.

The Graduate Program in Plant Biology supports graduate students with grants and assistantships in addition to the resources generally available in the Departments of the College of Natural Science.

If you are a prospective student, we encourage your exploration of our program, UT Austin, and the Austin area through the Prospective Student webpage and its associated resources.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Conservation Biology
  • Advances in Plant Ecology
  • Advances in Plant Evolution
  • Advances in Plant Systematics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An official score for the Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE), unless otherwise specified by the graduate program to which the student is applying. International students whose native language is not English must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Adequate subject preparation for the proposed major. Evidence of adequate preparation varies by program, but examples include letters of reference, auditions, samples of work, and personal statements
  • A grade point average of at least 3.00 in upper-division (junior- and senior-level) coursework and in any graduate work already completed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9081 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9081 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    9081 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9081 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    4608 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4608 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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