Department of Crop Sciences


Graduate Program Admission

Applicants are considered for admission if they have a baccalaureate or equivalent degree comparable to that granted by the University of Illinois, with a "B" average or higher over the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and any graduate work completed.

Graduate record examination (GRE) scores also are required. Taking the biology section of the GRE is recommended, but not required. Strong letters of reference, evidence of motivation to undertake graduate study, high GRE scores, and good preparation in basic science courses enhance an applicant's credentials.

Applicants can apply online using the secure application form provided by the University. Advantages of the on-line application include the ability for applicants to pay by credit card (Mastercard or Visa), and the availability of application information to departments immediately following credit card processing.

We would like to encourage you to apply using the web application. Be sure to check the information below regarding departmental requirements before applying.

Application packets are also available from the Graduate College at the University of Illinois:

University of Illinois Graduate College
202 Coble Hall
801 S. Wright Street
Champaign, Illinois, 61820
(217) 333-0035

The complete application is described in the packet. When requesting application materials, please indicate your citizenship as a U.S. citizen, a resident alien, or a citizen of another country.

International applicants whose native language is not English must score a minimum of 570 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants who are not U.S. citizens also must submit evidence that they have sufficient financial support for their entire program of study.

Prospective students are urged to apply by February 15 for the following summer or fall, or by November 1 for the following spring. However, applications are accepted at any time; they are considered and acted upon by the departmental graduate applications committee monthly.