Department Applications and Admission
To apply for admission, two separate packets of documents must be prepared. One must be sent to the Graduate School of the University of Kentucky, and the other must be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Plant Pathology. The items that should be included in each packet are outlined below. Failure to follow these directions exactly will result in a delay in processing your application. The Departmental Academic Program Committee evaluates applicants only after the Graduate School has accepted them provisionally.
We strongly recommend that prospective students familiarize themselves with the research programs in our department, and specify the particular programs they would be most interested in joining for their graduate research.
For Domestic applicants, applications must be received no later than one month prior to the start of the term the applicant intends to begin graduate work; all application materials (including all transcripts and official scores) must be received by this deadline. HOWEVER, because funding and space for new students is limited, we highly recommend that domestic applicants complete their applications for the fall semester by March 15.
The Graduate School must receive applications for admission by international students by the following deadlines. Earlier deadlines are necessary to allow time for processing necessary visa paperwork.
- Fall Semester: March 15
- Spring Semester: August 15
- Summer Terms: Students cannot be admitted during the summer term.
Admission Documents Required:
To Graduate School
* The applicant must arrange to have official transcripts sent directly to the U.K. Graduate School by their undergraduate and graduate institutions, and to have official test scores sent by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the U.K. Graduate School, Institution Code #R1837.
To the Director
of Graduate Studies (E-mail
to the Director)
- 3 Letters of recommendation*
- Statement of purpose
- Copies of Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions (can be scanned)
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
*Individual letters of recommendation should be written by each referee, and should be on their professional letterhead. Referees should tell us how long and in what capacity they have known the candidate. They should include their evaluation of the candidate’s potential for success in graduate school and in the profession of Plant Pathology. We must have ORIGINAL letters, signed in ink, and sent through regular mail to the address below. Alternatively, PDF files with verified electronic signatures can be sent via e-mail to the Director of Graduate Studies.
Frequently Asked Questions
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UK Graduate School
Plant Pathology Department
201F Plant Science Building
1405 Veterans Drive
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0312
(859) 218-0731 (Vaillancourt's office)
(859) 323-1961 (facsimile)