Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Biology

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Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall January 10
  • Spring September 15


  • Pullman

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • 7 IELTS Minimum score

Degree Description:

Our plant biology students generally focus on research in the broad areas of plant physiology, ecology, evolution, systematics, and molecular biology.

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Student Opportunities:

Our program offers teaching training and grant writing courses. Other professional development opportunities include weekly reading groups, ecolunch meetings, a graduate student research symposium and frequent graduate seminars.

Career Opportunities:

Most students continue into postdoctoral research positions. Other students pursue careers at community colleges or in Federal or State governments.

Career Placements:

Recent graduates have obtained faculty positions at: Cornell University, University of California- Bakersfield, University of Arizona, Purdue University, and Eastern Washington University. Others hold jobs with: US Forest Service, USDA, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories, the Marine Selby Botanical Gardens and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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