24 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Plant Biology program at Southern Illinois University offers a well-balanced graduate program leading to the degrees of Master of Science, Master of Science in Biological Sciences, Master of Science in Education in Biological Sciences, and the Doctor of Philosophy. 


Key Features

The first Master's degree was granted in 1948, and the first Ph.D. degree in 1965. All areas of plant biology have been represented during the course of the department's history, with some shifts in emphasis according to both changing interests within the scientific disciplines and changes in faculty composition. The current areas of emphasis are those of the broadly diversified faculty which characterizes the department and faculty members of other departments who participate in joint programs. The departmental Master's programs and the Doctoral program are based on a combination of course work, teaching and research. Together, a student and his/her advisory committee can design an individualized program to meet the specific student's educational goals and career aspirations.

Graduate degrees in Plant Biology program at Southern Illinois University will be awarded to students in recognition of their ability to do independent research as evidenced by the acceptance of a thesis or dissertation and by the demonstration of competent scholastic ability. Teaching experience in undergraduate courses is expected as part of the Ph.D. degree program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Plant Anatomy
  • Curation of Collections
  • Plant Systematics
  • Morphology of Vascular Plants
  • Limnology
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Environmental Physiology of Plants

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework
  • 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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