Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- PhD in Complex Biosystems (90 cr) with optional specialization:
- Computational Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Evolution
- Integrative Plant Biology
- Microbial Interactions
- Pathobiology and Biomedical Science
- Systems Analysis
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Complex Biosystems
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.
- Entrance exam(s): GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- CV or resume
- Personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Complex Biosystems
- January 9 for Fall.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.
The program in Complex Biosystems is directed toward students interested in applying quantitative statistical and computational approaches to multiple areas of biology including human health, medical biochemistry, microbial metagenomics, ecology, evolution, and plant systems.
The first year of this interdisciplinary program offers students two semesters of laboratory rotations on diverse topics, and one semester of laboratory teaching experience. In the first year of study, the cohort of incoming students considers "big questions" in multiple areas of life sciences, and learns current technical and analytical approaches to address them.
In addition to various types of scientific communication skills and ethical approaches to research, students acquire a foundation in population, cellular and molecular life sciences; statistics; bioinformatics; and computational analysis. This unique graduate program is tailored to the student's specific desired outcomes, offering a flexible curriculum and broad interdisciplinary training.
Courses and More
- Students work with an advisor to choose courses, create a plan of study, and follow the Steps to Degree Completion. See courses in:
- Agronomy (AGRO)
- Horticulture (HORT)
- Animal Science (ASCI)
- Biological Chemistry (BIOC)
- Biological Sciences (BIOS)
- Biological Systems Engineering (BSEN)
- Chemistry (CHEM)
- Computer Science and Engineering (CSCE)
- Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECEN)
- Entomology (ENTO)
- Food Science and Technology (FDST)
- Mathematics (MATH)
- Natural Resources (NRES)
- Nutrition and Health Sciences (NUTR)
- Plant Pathology (PLPT)
- Statistics (STAT)
- Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (VBMS)
- Cost of attendance differs from one student to another. Try our Cost Estimator or see Tuition, Fees, and Funding for details.
Faculty and research
A complete list of participating faculty will be posted here when available. In the meantime, prospective students are encouraged to visit the Complex Biosystems website to view a preliminary list of faculty and research areas.