Prospective Students

Graduate Student Information

Graduate students and faculty in Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management work on a diverse set of topics ranging from the ecology of plant and insect invasions to molecular plant-microbe interactions. We work in environments ranging from row crops to wilderness areas. We collaborate with colleagues at the many federal and state agencies located in Fort Collins, including the USGS, the state and federal Forest Services, the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Graduate Programs

We offer M. S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioagricultural Sciences. Graduate students at the masters and Ph.D. level can obtain a general degree in  the area of expertise of their advisor (e.g., ecology, biodiversity,  molecular biology), or explicitly concentrate on one of three  disciplinary specializations: Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science.

Financial Aid

Graduate students in  our department are supported by:

Fellowships – Opportunities for outstanding students include programs at the EPA and  NSF.  Generally, prospective or current graduate students apply for  fellowships with assistance from their faculty mentor.

Research Assistantships – These typically are supported via competitive grant funds and target  research on a specific project.  Contact individual faculty regarding  the availability of research assistantships.

Teaching Assistantships – Teaching assistantships in introductory biology and more specialized  courses are available each fall and spring. Apply by September 1 for  spring semester admission and by January 15 for fall semester  admission to be considered for teaching assistantships. Please see our Graduate Student Assistantships page for more information.



To be admitted as a graduate student in our department, you need to demonstrate that you have the potential to succeed in graduate school.  You can show this through grades, letters of recommendation, and/or your application essay.  Additionally, it is critical that you find a faculty advisor who is willing to mentor you.  Visit BSPM’s faculty webpage to learn about individual faculty and their research areas.  Make direct contact (email is generally best) with faculty you would like to work with.

Application deadlines:  To be considered for financial support via teaching assistantships, you must apply by September 1 for spring semester admission and by January 15 for fall semester admission.

Applications must include:

  1. College transcripts. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for admission.
  2. Three letters of recommendation. Choose people who know you well and can comment on your abilities, particularly whether they think you can succeed in graduate school.
  3. A short essay outlining your experience and career goals.  This should be 1 page or less. Describe your specific interests to aid us in finding potential faculty advisors who are appropriate.  Identify who you would like to work with in your essay if applicable.
  4. TOEFL scores of 550 or above.  These are required  only if your undergraduate degree is from a non-US institution and the official language of your country is not English.

How to apply: applications can be filled out electronically at

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