60 months
33600 USD/year
33600 USD/year
13400 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Plant Science program from University of Arizona provides broad training in the plant sciences through core and elective coursework and in-depth research training opportunities in molecular, cellular, genetic, genomic, and physiological aspects of plants, including model organisms, crops, and wild relatives. 

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Key Features

New PhD students have the opportunity to rotate through three labs, to gain experience with the scientific questions and techniques employed in each. Following the selection of a permanent lab and a Major Advisor, students deepen their expertise in that lab's research area through participation in all aspects of the research endeavor, including generating novel hypotheses, writing proposals, mentoring undergraduate assistants, developing and executing tests and assays, and participating in lab discussions. With guidance from the Major Advisor, students then develop and execute their own novel research projects and disseminate their results through scientific publications.

Core coursework is minimal and includes cross-training in plant microbiology, to ensure a solid foundation in major plant biotic interactions. Elective coursework, chosen in consultation with the student’s advisors, deepens expertise in areas related to the intended direction within plant science research.

The Plant Science program from University of Arizona prepares graduates for research and leadership careers in, for example, industry pursuits of crop improvement through genetics, genomics, and high-throughput technology, federal and state agencies involved in traditional and digital agriculture, and academic institutions with foci on basic and applied plant sciences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Plant Biology
  • Principles of Plant Microbiology
  • Directed Research
  • Applied Biostatistics 
  • Metagenomics 
  • Proteins and Enzymes
  • Biological Structure 
  • Functional and Evolutionary Genomics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


63 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of Purpose: Describe your academic background, previous research experience, current research interests that are relevant to our program, and career goals. Include information about which research labs you would like to consider joining; contact those faculty in advance, and report here on your interactions. Maximum 2 pages.
  • CV: List your education, work, volunteer, and any other relevant experiences. One to two pages.
  • Letters of recommendation: Three are required.
  • Proof of English proficiency: For international students from non-english speaking countries, the Graduate College requires proof of proficiency in English for admission 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33600 USD per year during 60 months.
  • National

    33600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33600 USD per year during 60 months.
  • In-State

    13400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13400 USD per year during 60 months.

Living costs for Tucson

830 - 1140 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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