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MS Crop Sciences (Bioinformatics)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
26502 USD
National
12266 USD

Application fee

International 90 USD
National 70 USD
Department
Department of Crop Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)104
TOEFL-PBT (min)607
GRE (avg)330
GMAT (avg)659

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About this course

The Department of Crop Sciences offers programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Great flexibility exists for planning programs in various areas, and no rigid curricula are prescribed. The following areas of specialization, along with some of the corresponding disciplines, indicate the breadth of opportunities:

  • plant pathology including epidemiology, control, mycology, phytobacteriology, virology, nematology, and host plant resistance;
  • plant breeding and genetics including cytogenetics, molecular genetics, quantitative genetics, and genetics of host-pathogen interactions;
  • molecular biology and physiology including biochemistry, plant physiology, tissue culture, and plant-pathogen interactions;
  • crop production including management, crop ecology, plant nutrition, and international crop production;
  • weed science including biology, control, and ecology;
  • bioinformatics;
  • biometry including experimental design and data analysis;
  • Integrated pest management including response of crops to climate changes and fate of agricultural chemicals.

These areas of specialization apply to both agronomic and horticulture crops including ornamentals, turf grasses, fruits and vegetables.

The genomic and proteomic projects are generating large amounts of complex biological data that require effective storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation. The bioinformatics degree program provides students with the skills necessary to augment the understanding and use of agricultural, biological and medical information and resources through the application of molecular, chemical, physical, computational, statistical, mathematical and informatic techniques. Students interested in this program may come with undergraduate training in one of the following areas:

  • biological and agricultural sciences,
  • statistical, mathematical and computer sciences,
  • informatics and engineering sciences.

 

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum requirements for admisson

  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency.
  • Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions below for Submitting Official Scores regarding our institution code and program number).
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
  • Important, please note: Individual academic programs may require a higher score, or evidence of spoken English language proficiency; contact your proposed program of study office for the minimum TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS requirement for admission.

Test information and instructions for requesting official scores
TOEFL (Test of english as a foreign language)
Website: www.toefl.org

TOEFL Services at Educational Testing Service (ETS):

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code number 1836.

IELTS (International english language testing system)
IELTS is jointly owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.

Website: www.ielts.org

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.

Exemptions

 Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
OR

Completion of a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.

Minimum requirements

Applicants must have earned at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission. If your undergraduate study is longer than 4 years, additional semesters may be used to calculate the admission GPA. Please note that proposed programs of study may require a higher GPA than the Graduate College's minimum standard.

Applicants enrolled in the final year of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college in the United States or a or comparable degree program from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad, and who meet the GPA requirements stated above will be admitted conditionally pending receipt of final academic credentials showing the undergraduate degree as conferred.
International applicants must meet minimum requirements based on their country of origin. Please note that proposed programs of study may require a higher GPA than the Graduate College's minimum standard.

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Course Modules

The Crop Sciences concentration within the M.S. degree in Bioinformatics can be earned with a thesis option or a non-thesis option, which requires optional supervised research experiences.

Thesis Option

One biology course from approved list 4

CS 411 Database Systems 4
or CS 473 Fundamental Algorithms

One bioinformatics course from approved list 4

  • Seminar (1 per semester) 
  • Electives 16
  • CPSC/PLPA 599 Thesis Research 4

Total Hours 32

Non-Thesis Option

One biology course from approved list 4

CS 411 Database Systems 4
or CS 473 Fundamental Algorithms

One bioinformatics course from approved list 4

  • Electives 24

Total Hours 36

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How to Apply

Applicants are considered for admission if they have a baccalaureate or equivalent degree comparable to that granted by the University of Illinois, with a "B" average or higher over the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and any graduate work completed.

Graduate record examination (GRE) scores also are required. Taking the biology section of the GRE is recommended, but not required. Strong letters of reference, evidence of motivation to undertake graduate study, high GRE scores, and good preparation in basic science courses enhance an applicant's credentials.

Applicants can apply online using the secure application form provided by the University. Advantages of the on-line application include the ability for applicants to pay by credit card (Mastercard or Visa), and the availability of application information to departments immediately following credit card processing.

Application packets are also available from the Graduate College at the University of Illinois:

University of Illinois Graduate College
202 Coble Hall
801 S. Wright Street
Champaign, Illinois, 61820
(217) 333-0035
The complete application is described in the packet. When requesting application materials, please indicate your citizenship as a U.S. citizen, a resident alien, or a citizen of another country.

International applicants whose native language is not English must score a minimum of 570 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants who are not U.S. citizens also must submit evidence that they have sufficient financial support for their entire program of study.

Prospective students are urged to apply by February 15 for the following summer or fall, or byNovember 1 for the following spring. However, applications are accepted at any time; they are considered and acted upon by the departmental graduate applications committee monthly.

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