Applying to Plant Pathology

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Plant Pathology’s graduate program. All materials are submitted electronically through the ApplyYourself application system through the University of Minnesota's Graduate School website. Admission decisions are communicated to applicants using this system. A decision for admission notice will be sent to you once your application is reviewed by our Admission Committee.  

General information about the University of Minnesota Graduate School  and other application information can be found at http:/

Application Process


Completed applications must be received by December 1st for fall admission. This deadline ensures that qualifying applicants receive full consideration for university fellowships and assistantships. Applications received after January 1st will not be guaranteed consideration for fall admission or fellowships. Incomplete applications will not be processed. We strive to inform all students applying by December 1st for fall admission of their status by February 15.

Applications from students whose academic records are suitable for admission but for whom research assistantship funding is not currently available will remain open for 1 year.


All application materials should be submitted directly to the ApplyYourself admissions system. We cannot review your application until all of the required materials listed below are submitted successfully.

Important: you will not be able to upload additional documents (resume, personal statement, transcripts, etc.) after you have submitted your application. Please make sure all materials are uploaded in ApplyYourself  before submitting. 
Exception: You are able to submit your online application even if all of your recommendation providers have not yet uploaded their recommendations.

Materials required to be submitted in the ApplyYourself application system:


How to Submit


Required fields:  Personal Information, Application Information, Languages, Educational Background, Employment/Residence Information, Honors, Awards & Activities, Legal Agent/Privacy Statement, Applicant Statements, and Signature.

Personal Statement

In the Personal Statement you are asked to give a statement explaining your immediate and long-range career objectives in relation to your major field, being specific about your areas of interest. If there are particular faculty members with whom you wish to study, please list their names and explain why you would like to study with those individuals. Also, if known, indicate a proposed minor field or emphasis.

Application Fee

The application fee for U.S. citizens and permanent residents is $75; for international applicants, the fee is $95. This application fee cannot be waived or deferred and is not refundable. Payment of the fee does not assure admission unless all the necessary requirements are met.

Transcripts (.pdf)

Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts.

There is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

Letters of Recommendation

You also are required to have three letters of recommendation from instructors or professional associates who have had an opportunity to observe you in an academic or work environment and assess your potential for graduate work. The Plant Pathology Department will only accept on-line recommendations.

To request recommendation letters from your references, click on the “Recommendations” link on the left right hand side of the ApplyYourself webpage and provide the requested information for each of your references, i.e. name, address, e-mail address, etc. These individuals will be notified by e-mail of your request and be given the website for the on-line recommendation form. An e-mail acknowledgment will be sent to you and your references once they have submitted recommendations.

You can submit your application before letters of recommendation have been uploaded.

Official GRE scores

All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Your official GRE scores should be sent to the University of Minnesota (institution code 6874) under the major field of “Plant Sciences” (code 0112).

Unofficial scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in ApplyYourself.

English Language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)

Required for applicants whose native language is not English. The University of Minnesota TOEFL institutional code is 6874.


Optional - Upload your publications and articles into the "Other Information" portion on the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the ApplyYourself online application. 


If you have any additional questions, please contact the Plant Pathology Graduate Program Coordinator Susan Kingsbury at, or Director of Graduate Studies Dean Malvick at

Admission Requirements

Potential graduate students in plant pathology should have a sound college background in the basic biological and physical sciences and mathematics, and have completed at least one course each in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete their prerequisites prior to admission to the graduate program. While it is not unusual for students to have one or two prerequisites outstanding upon admission, greater numbers of outstanding prerequisites may hamper a student's progress in the graduate program and lower the probability that a student will be awarded fellowship funds.

  • If English is not your native language, you are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Please note that test scores may not be available for 4-6 weeks after you take the test, and plan accordingly. All English language test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was taken.
  • Additionally, all applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Recommended minimum scores for the program are:

  • GRE score: pre-August 2011 - 1100 (verbal - 500, quantitative - 600 and analytical writing 4.5). Post-August 2011 - 301 (verbal - 153, quantitative - 148 and analytical writing 4.5)
  • TOEFL score: 79 (internet-based test) with section scores of at least 21 writing and 19 reading (550 - paper-based test)
  • Undergraduate GPA (United States students only): 3.5