How to Apply

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Application Deadline

IPS manages applications for students interested in the following degree-granting units: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics; Genetics; Horticulture; Plant Biology; Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics; Plant Pathology; Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources. The application deadline is December 1 for matriculation the following fall term. Late applications will be considered, but these should be submitted as soon after the deadline as possible

Evaluation and Timeline

Applications are screened in December and early January. Assessment will focus on Research Experience, Letters of Reference, GPA and GRE scores, overall potential for graduate study, and perceived fit with affiliated graduate programs. Excellence in one or more areas can offset deficiencies in other areas; explanations for deficiencies should be described in your Statement of purpose. Top domestic applicants will be invited to visit the UGA campus in late January / early February for in-person interviews and interactions with current students and research faculty. Top international applicants will be interviewed via Skype. Offers of admission will be extended to successful applicants shortly after interviews.

Application Process (both steps must be completed)

  1. Complete an online IPS Background & Interest form.
    This form can be submitted at anytime, but preferably soon after you submit your online application to the UGA Graduate School. This form is critical to the evaluation of your application. Before completing the form, review the IPS website to identify Interdisciplinary Groups, Departments, and Faculty that are of interest to you.
  2. Submit an official online application to the UGA Graduate School, and route required transcripts (unofficial transcripts sufficient for initial application review), GRE scores, and letters of recommendation as instructed during the application process. The UGA Graduate School website provides detailed descriptions of admissions requirements, the application fee, and other pertinent information. International applicants should review supplemental requirements prior to applying.
    NOTE: GRE Subject Tests are not required as part of the application process.

 

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose that is submitted to the UGA Graduate School during the application process can be the same as the Statement of purpose requested on the IPS form, as long as the length (10,000 character limit) and content are within the stated guidelines. We highly recommend that your statement include the following at the very least:

  • your reason(s) for pursuing graduate study
  • your interests (e.g., names of faculty, interdisciplinary groups, and/or graduate programs)
  • evidence of scholarly activity (e.g., research experiences, manuscripts published/in preparation)
  • any special circumstances of which you wish to make us aware
  • if applicable, explanations for any perceived deficiencies in your application

IMPORTANT CODES: Select Integrated Plant Sciences, PhD, fall term as the Major during the application process. Select 5813 as the institutional code for ETS reports (i.e., GRE scores).