Plant Biology (MS)

Degree: Masters Degrees

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UGA's Plant Biology Department is a multidisciplinary program with 25 full-time faculty working on a wide range of research problems in the plant sciences. Work is currently being done on a variety of problems ranging from genetic regulatory mechanisms to plant speciation and community disturbance ecology.

Equal to the breadth of research problems addressed is the range of organisms studied. Algae, mosses, fungi and flowering plants are studied from genes to genus by molecular biology, physiology, systematics and ecology faculty. Collaborations are currently underway among anatomists, cell biologists, molecular geneticists and plant taxonomists to bring a multifaceted approach to our understanding of basic plant physiology and genetics.

Visit the Research Areas pages to learn more about the breadth of our interests, then visit a faculty member's individual homepage to learn about his or her specific focal areas.


Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Old College
Athens, GA 30602-1732
Phone: 706/542-3400

Academic Department

Plant Biology
Plant Sciences Building
Athens, GA 30602-7271
Phone: 706/542-3732


Graduate Coordinator

Chris Petersn


UGA's Plant Biology Department is one of the top ranked plant biology departments in the United States. Students in the Graduate Program can pursue both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in many areas including cell and molecular biology, systematics, ecology and evolutionary biology.

Admission to our program is based on (1) merit as presented in the completed application and evaluated by the faculty, (2) available space in a particular program, and (3) the availability of financial support. Since we can only accept a limited number of graduate students each year, your chances of admission will be improved by early and complete submission of your application materials. The yearly application deadline for admission and financial support is January 1 (this means it must be in the department by that date).

Please be sure to mail your application in by December 15 for domestic students and November 15 for international students. In general, all successful applicants receive full financial aid. Information on the various types of financial support and awards available to our students follows below.

We are always eager to include highly qualified and motivated students in our program and look forward to reviewing your completed application. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Graduate work leading to the MS or PhD degree in plant biology may be undertaken by qualified students. Within specifications set by the Graduate School (see General Degrees), all degree requirements are determined by the major professor and student in consultation with an advisory committee. Inquiries by prospective students should be addressed to: Graduate Coordinator, Department of Plant Biology.

Facilities for graduate training in plant biology include greenhouses, growth chambers, field plots, a herbarium, culture collection of algae and fungi, electron microscope laboratory, molecular cytology facility, monoclonal antibody facility, fully equipped computer facilities, and modern research laboratories. Research opportunities are also offered in the University Computer Center, the Electron Microscopy Laboratory, the Institute of Ecology, and the Molecular Genetics Instrumental facility.

Field work may be done at the university marine laboratories at Sapelo and Skidaway Islands, The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, and several inland sites ranging from the coastal plains to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Contact the Graduate Coordinator for more information:



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