Master Degrees in Botany & Plant Science
A masters degree in plant science explores the science of plant life, including fungi, algae, and viruses. Botanists study a range of plant structure and function, including growth, reproduction, and disease.
This area of study may also be known as plant biology and conservation, biology, plant science, soil science, or plant protection, depending upon the focus of the particular school.
Ideal applicants to botany and plant studies graduate schools should possess the following qualifications:
- Strong background in biology and chemistry
- Interest in research
- Curious about plant life
Botany and Plan Science Graduate Program Application Requirements
Applicants to graduate botany and plant science programs are usually required to submit a personal statement, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, transcripts, and TOEFL scores, if applicable. Each graduate school may have its own particular requirements, so be certain to check with the admissions department for details. A strong background in the sciences, volunteer, work, and/or internship experience in the field (or a closely related one) will also enhance a resume.
Botany and Plant Studies Graduate Programs and Curriculum
A master’s degree in botany and plant studies generally takes an average of one to three years to complete, while a Ph.D. in botany and plant studies can take between four and seven years. Ph.D. students may need to complete oral and written exams, as well as a dissertation based on original research. Master’s students may be required to complete a thesis.
Students at botany and plant studies graduate programs might encounter the following courses:
- Weed science
- Plant classification
- Plant ecology
- Plants and civilization
- Biology of fungi
- Plant-bacteria interaction
- Biotechnology in agriculture
- Plant anatomy
- Plant disease management
In addition, they may focus their research on a
particular area. Some of these include:
- Plant Growth and Development
- Genetics and Evolution of Plants
- Plant Cell Biology and Physiology
- Plant Genomics and Bioinformatics
- Plant-Pathogen Interactions
- Fungal genetics and biology
- Infection-related morphogenesis
- Physiology, genetics and molecular aspects of host-pathogen interactions
- Plant disease management
- Biological control
- Mechanisms of disease resistance
- Molecular Virology
Botany and Plant Studies Career Paths
Botanists may find work at private industries, educational institutions, and state and federal agencies. In addition, botanists and plant scientists might also find potential career opportunities in industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to biotechnology, from food companies to lumber companies. Many governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior might employ botanists. Botanist and plant scientists might also pursue careers in teaching at the high school level, or at community colleges, or universities. Those working at universities might work as researchers, teachers, professors, laboratory managers, laboratory directors, department heads, and upper administration.
- Edinburgh, United KingdomEdinburgh, United Kingdom
University of Edinburgh
The understanding of plant diversity and resources has never been more important. As we face the unprecedented challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, effective environmental surveillance and conservation depend upon detailed knowledge...
- Bundoora, AustraliaBundoora, Australia
La Trobe University
- Stillwater, OKStillwater, OK
Oklahoma State University
The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology occupies two state-of-the-art office and laboratory wings in the Noble Research Center. Additional facilities include: Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopes at the College of Veterinary Medicine,...
- Stillwater, OK
- Jeddah, Saudi ArabiaJeddah, Saudi Arabia
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology
The Plant Sciences Program (PS) aims to develop an integrated understanding of how plants can grow under extreme environmental conditions as found, for example, in Saudi Arabia. The program addresses the fundamental biology of plants at the molecular an...
- Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN
Austin Peay State University
Includes coursework, seminar series, oral examination, & research experience culminating in a presentation and written document.
- Irbid, JordanIrbid, Jordan
Jordan University of Science and Technology
- Perth, AustraliaPerth, Australia
University of Western Australia
The International Students Office is the contact point forinternational students interested in studying at the University of Western Australia.
- Harare, ZimbabweHarare, Zimbabwe
University of Zimbabwe
- Coventry, United KingdomCoventry, United Kingdom
- Madison, ILMadison, IL
University of Wisconsin - Madison
The Department of Botany at the University of Wisconsin has an active graduate program leading toward the Masters and Ph.D. degrees. Faculty and graduate students work on a wide range of projects in plant biology at all levels of organization, from mole...
- Norwich, United KingdomNorwich, United Kingdom
University of East Anglia
The course focuses on plant molecular genetics and its potential applications to crop improvement in the 21st century.
- Tallahassee, FLTallahassee, FL
Florida State University
The Department of Biological Science offers both Ph.D. and MS. degrees. Students can specialize in a wide range of subdisciplines within the biological sciences including plant biology and botany. Visit our department's website, and click on "Faculty an...
- Tallahassee, FL
- Halifax, NSHalifax, NS
- Laramie, WYLaramie, WY
University of Wyoming
- Clemson, SCClemson, SC
The Entomology graduate program offers exciting opportunities for their MS and PhD degrees, both of which are research based degrees. The Entomology graduate programs are recognized for their leadership in environmental entomology. Research programs...
- Irbid, JordanIrbid, Jordan
- Seattle, WASeattle, WA
University of Washington
The Department of Botany offers graduate studies leading to the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees, with emphasis in the areas of plant molecular biology, plant physiology, population biology, ecology, paleobotany, and systematics. The range of the faculty interest...