Earn a doctorate in Plant Science at the University of Idaho

Ph.D. Plant Science

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College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Agricultural Sciences Bldg.
Phone: (208) 885-7984

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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2336
Moscow, ID 83844-2336

Influencing Plant Science

From crop-based biofuels to pest-resistant plants, plant science discoveries have made a profound impact on the world’s food production, natural resources and environment. This program prepares you to make your own contribution with a sophisticated understanding of biotechnology, weed science, crop management and much more, and opportunities to conduct independent research along leading faculty experts. 

Fast Facts

  • We offer Idaho’s only M.S. and Ph.D. programs in plant science
  • Many 500-level courses are taught jointly with Washington State University
  • With a 2:1 student-to-faculty ratio, enjoy access to experts in your field
  • Our graduates are in demand, with nearly 100% placement
  • Access computer-controlled greenhouses and laboratories
  • Agricultural Consultant (Domestic or International)
  • Agricultural Chemical Researcher or Sales Manager
  • Commercial Crop or Greenhouse Manager
  • Food Processing Scientist
  • Plant Breeder


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in private industry.

Potential salaries are based upon national averages.
Job Placement


Nearly all graduates earn a job in their field after college.
Degree Roadmap Find a wealth of knowledge to help you succeed – from taking care of preliminary items associated with starting your graduate studies at the University of Idaho to finishing your degree – at the College of Graduate Studies.
Degree Prep To prepare for courses required to earn a degree in Plant Science, we recommend you: 
  • have an undergraduate degree in agriculture, biology, botany, horticulture, agricultural engineering, environmental science, natural resources, or other related area
Scholarships Over 400 scholarships are offered exclusively to College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) students based on GPA and other qualifications. Learn more.

You can find general need- and merit-based scholarships on the Financial Aid Office's scholarships page.
Financial Aid To find out about deadlines and eligibility requirements, please visit the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office.
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Hands-on Learning
  • Computer-controlled greenhouses and laboratories
  • Research and Extension centers
  • Research and facilities at Washington State University
  • William F. Barr Entomological Museum
  • Assist faculty members’ research projects