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Applications should be postmarked by Dec. 1 for full consideration for admission in the following fall term. Letters of reference need to arrive by Dec. 15.
Admission into the graduate program in terms other than Fall is unusual, and requires compelling circumstances. Contact the BPP Chair of Graduate Studies before submitting such an application.
As preparation for submitting your application, study the list of faculty and their interests and, based on your intended area of study, initiate a dialog with one or more faculty on the possibility of working with them. Finding matches with potential major professors is an important step in the admissions process, and this topic should be addressed in your required Statement of Objectives (see below).
To assure prompt processing of your application, please follow these instructions carefully. We prefer if applicants submit their application materials (e.g., transcripts, reference letters, and Statement of Objectives - see below) to the Graduate School via their online application. Any materials not submitted online can be mailed to:
Oregon State University
300 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2106
The new fees will be:
Applying online requires payment by credit card.
Applications should be postmarked by Dec. 1 for full consideration for admission in the following fall term. Most decisions concerning financial support (e.g., graduate teaching assistantships) are made by the end of March, based on applications received by this date. However, applications received after Dec. 1 will also be considered for admission, as possible. Admission during other terms, although less common, is possible in certain circumstances; please contact Bruce McCune, Chair of the BPP Graduate Studies Committee, for details.
When evaluating applications, we give major consideration to the applicant's undergraduate (and post-baccalaureate, if applicable) record, statement of professional objectives, and letters of recommendation. Scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. Minimum requirements for scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are provided on this website. (University code is 4586; Department code is 0205). Note that for admission and support on a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, the minimum TOEFL scores will likely not be sufficient.
Prerequisites for admission to the graduate program are a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, a scholastic average GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0=A), and other background indicating ability to do graduate work.
The Department expects incoming graduate students to have taken courses that provide a solid foundation for the advanced study associated with a graduate degree.
Currently, we have no specific set of course requirements; however we recommend (at a minimum) a year of biology plus two upper division biology courses; chemistry through organic chemistry, plus biochemistry or environmental chemistry; and a mathematical foundation including statistics and calculus, plus linear algebra, physics and/or computer programming.
However, given the breadth of research areas in the Department, the set of foundational courses that indicate likely success for each applicant will be distinct. Thus, if you lack any of the listed coursework, be advised that the admissions committee will be assessing the entirety of your application materials, and a coursework deficiency does not necessarily disqualify you from admission. Efforts will be made to insure that the transcripts and experiences of applicants with 'non-traditional' backgrounds are assessed fairly. For example, evidence of extensive professional experience in a particular area could substitute for less coursework in that area. This link discusses our current prerequisites policy in more detail.
Our Graduate Student Handbook is a good resource for information on all aspects of graduate education in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology.