Crop Sciences, PhD

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Crop Sciences


head of department: Adam Davis

director of graduate studies: Nathan Schroeder

director of admissions committee: Nathan Schroeder

email: sdcarson@illinois.edu


department website: https://cropsciences.illinois.edu/

department faculty: https://cropsciences.illinois.edu/people/faculty/


overview of grad college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply

college website: https://aces.illinois.edu/


department office: AW-101 Turner Hall, 1102 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801

phone:(217) 244-0396


Graduate Degree Programs in Crop Sciences

Crop Sciences, MS (on campus & online)

Bioinformatics: Crop Sciences, MS

Plant Biotechnology, MS - Professional Science Master's

Crop Sciences, PhD


Admission

Admission to the Ph.D. program will be considered for applicants with the M.S., those nearing completion of the M.S., and in some cases, those with the B.S. Because of the diversity of programs in the Department of Crop Sciences, the preparation that is needed varies considerably. Strong letters of reference, evident motivation to undertake graduate study, and good preparation in basic science courses enhance an applicant's credentials. For some programs, greater emphasis is given to previous training in plant sciences, chemistry, or mathematics. A grade point average equivalent to at least a B in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work plus any graduate level work completed is required.  All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency.  Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS to the University.  Additional information for international applicants can be found at: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply/begin/international. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. Please see our web page for additional information: https://cropsciences.illinois.edu/graduate/admissions/.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience in this program.

Faculty Research Interests

Please refer to the following webpage for a detailed listing of our faculty and their areas of interest https://cropsciences.illinois.edu/people/faculty/.

Financial Aid

Fellowships and assistantships are available to outstanding students on a competitive basis. Awards for financial assistance are based principally on a candidate’s academic record, statement of plans, letters of reference, and GRE scores.

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Crop Sciences


Students are required to pass a preliminary examination within five semesters of first enrolling, not including the summer terms, and after substantial completion of the Ph.D. graded coursework requirement. The preliminary examination is comprised of both an oral and written component and students are expected to defend their Thesis Proposal at the oral component of the examination. Those students on the BA to PhD plan must also pass a Qualifying Exam. An acceptable dissertation is required. Residence requirements are the same as those of the Graduate College.

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's graduate handbook and the Graduate College Handbook.

Entering with approved M.S./M.A. degree

Minimum Graded Coursework approved by the graduate guidance committee not including CPSC 594 or CPSC 598, with a grade point average of at least a B.12
CPSC 594Professional Orientation CPSC ((not required if it was taken in fulfillment of the master's degree.))1
CPSC 598Seminar (CPSC 598: Graduate Student Seminar (enrollment required each semester)) Maximum applied toward degree14
CPSC/PLPA 599Thesis Research (minimum applied toward degree)37
Total Hours64

Other Requirements

Other requirements and conditions may overlap
64 hours of in-residence credit beyond the M.S.
Qualifying Exam Required: No
Preliminary Exam Required: Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required: Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Entering with approved B.S./B.A. degree

Coursework approved by the graduate guidance committee not including CPSC 594 or CPSC 598, with a grade point average of at least a B.32
CPSC 594Professional Orientation CPSC1
CPSC 598Seminar (Enrollment required each semester) Maximum applied toward degree14
CPSC/PLPA 599Thesis Research (minimum applied toward degree)49
Total Hours96

Other Requirements

Other requirements and conditions may overlap
64 hours of in-residence credit beyond the M.S.
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 36
Qualifying Exam Required: Yes
Preliminary Exam Required: Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required: Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0