Application to the Field of Plant Biology
We are glad you are interested in the Field of Plant Biology. This is an exciting time in our many areas of research. An important deadline for MS/PhD application is December 1. Please note that consistent with our commitment to holistic evaluation of applications, GRE scores are not required.
Preparing your application
All applications for Graduate Studies at Cornell are online and accessible through the Cornell Graduate School. You will be asked for a Statement of Academic Purpose, transcripts, relevant research and work experience, and letters of reference. There is a fee to apply. Applicants for whom the fee is a financial hardship or who participated in certain pipeline programs may request a fee waiver.
Applicants are encouraged to become familiar with the different research areas and concentrations within the Field of Plant Biology, and to communicate directly with prospective faculty with whom they may wish to work. Applicants must indicate a preference for one of these concentrations on the Graduate School application form; this selection does not commit you to a particular research area, but it is used as an indication of your present interests.
Admission is competitive. Should you make it through our first screen, you will be interviewed by phone or videoconference. A selection of those interviewed will participate in a longer recruitment event.
Applying to the Field of Plant Biology
- TOEFL scores are a requirement by the Graduate School and the field for all international students. Scores must be sent electronically (e-delivery) to the Cornell University Graduate Admissions, Caldwell Hall e-download account. E-delivery may also be referred to as an e-TRF by your test center. More information: English Language Proficiency Requirements.
- GREs are not required
- Application deadline is December 1
- Applicants will be notified by email anytime between March 1 - April 15
Students may obtain support in several ways including teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships.
Fellowships in support of Diversity: Applicants from a variety of backgrounds or identities historically underrepresented within graduate education are eligible for consideration for a Fellowship in Support of Diversity. We encourage you to self-identify your eligibility. You may then write a Personal Statement to be used in the Diversity Fellowship nomination and selection process.
Graduate Field Coordinator
233 Emerson Hall
Email: kpg2 [at] cornell.edu
Director of Graduate Studies
261 Plant Science Building
Email: mjs298 [at] cornell.edu