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Department of Plant Sciences

Dept. 3354

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3103

Fax: (307)766-5549


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Agronomy M.S. and Ph.D. Graduate Programs

Department of Plant Sciences

Admission into the Agronomy Graduate Program

The Department of Plant Sciences is always seeking highly qualified applicants for graduate admission. The Department currently offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctorate (PhD) degrees in Agronomy. Except in rare circumstances, we require an M.S. degree prior to acceptance into the PhD program. We place a high level of emphasis on an applicant's ability to communicate effectively (orally, in writing, and digitally), independent problem solving skills, and the ability to work well as part of a team. The Department has a policy of accepting students only if a faculty member is willing to serve as a mentor; therefore, we strongly encourage you to contact a faculty member within our department to discuss research interests and for information about our program.

Application Process

If you are interested in obtaining a graduate degree from the Department of Plant Sciences, please  submit the following application materials to Kassandra Thomas (

  • A statement of purpose that describes your professional objectives and scientific interests
  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • Current academic transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (if English is not your primary language)
  • Three letters of recommendation (sent directly from references)

Our regular deadline for Fall semester admission is February 15, although we will accept applications any time during the year (including for spring semester admission as well). However, submission of all materials before the deadline will ensure you receive full consideration for admission as well as funding.

If you are accepted for admission at the Department level, we will refer you to the University of Wyoming Admissions office for formal admission to the University. More information on the Graduate Admissions process can be located at the UW Graduate Education website:

Graduate Assistantships

Teaching assistantships or research assistantships are available as funding allows in the Department of Plant Sciences. Graduate assistantships may be awarded exclusively for teaching or for research, but in most cases a combination of teaching and research will be expected from all students receiving assistantships. With few exceptions, financial support from an assistantship will be limited to two (2) years for the M.S. degree, and three (3) years for the PhD degree. Additional funding may sometimes be provided if degree requirements are not yet met after these time limits; however, additional funding in most cases will be subject to availability of grant funds or other external funding sources. Please discuss these options with your advisor if you think these time limitations will be an issue. All funding is subject to adequate progress toward your degree.

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