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Department of Plant Science

Students Orlando Tapia and Aldo Garcia at CIT research plot

Admission Criteria

Admission will be based on consideration of the following:

  1. Official GRE score: suggested minimum of 152 verbal, 147 Quantitative and 3.0 analytical writing, sent to the university by ETS.
  2. Grade point average (GPA) for the last 60 units: minimum 2.75
  3. TOEFL score: for those required to take this exam, score of 80 (internet-based exam).
  4. Official college transcript verifying completion of prerequisite courses and conferral of the bachelor's degree
  5. Three letters of reference
  6. Statement of research interest- please identify specific research interests within the field of Plant Science. 

Identification of a potential area of specialization for thesis research is highly encouraged.

Applicants are encouraged to communicate with the professor most closely associated with their area of focus:


or contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Sharon Benes ( regarding potential research areas.

To begin the application process, visit