Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Program in Plant Biology at Michigan State University (MSU). Our program is one of the finest in the country for research, training, and scholarship in plant biology.

The Department of Plant Biology is just one facet of MSU’s emphasis on plant science. MSU has among the biggest and best plant science research programs in the world, which encompass many departments, field stations, research units and graduate programs. The Department of Plant Biology is the nexus of MSU’s enormous research focus on plant science and is an exciting place to study and perform research.

We offer both M.S. and Ph.D. degree options and the opportunity for students to get dual degrees or certifications fulfilling the requirements in interdisciplinary programs at MSU, such as Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior and Molecular Plant Sciences Program. Students should plan to complete their M.S. degree in 2 years and 5 years for those pursing a Ph.D.

The Department of Plant Biology has over 35 faculty members who study all aspects of plant biology from the level of molecules to ecosystems. As our faculty focus on basic research in all disciplines of plant biology, our students are trained to integrate information between different hierarchies of biological organization. Because of the great diversity of research programs in the department, our graduate program is very flexible. There are very few courses required for all students; rather each student can work with their committee to set a curriculum that best suits their needs.

Departments focused on Plant Science Research

Plant Biology



Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Fisheries and Wildlife

Field Stations

Kellogg Biological Station

Research units

Plant Research Laboratory

Plant Resilience Institute

Dual Major Opportunities through Plant Biology

Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Graduate Program

Molecular Plant Sciences Program