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Plant Sciences Graduate Program at UT-Knoxville

The University of Tennessee is a land grant university with an enrollment of over 33,800 students, of whom about 6,700 are pursuing graduate degrees.


The Plant Sciences Department supports 33 Teaching, Research, and Extension faculty members, lecturers, and instructors. Departmental faculty serve as mentors and advisor to more than 50 technical and post-doctoral staff, as well as about 36 students who are pursuing graduate degrees. Graduate students are split about evenly between our MS and PhD degree programs.

Disciplinary Areas of Plant Sciences Faculty

The Plant Sciences Department is located on the Agricultural (West) Campus adjacent to Main Campus in Knoxville, Tennessee. The department has lab facilities, greenhouse space, and nearby forest resource spaces to support active research. Undergraduate and graduate students have access through their faculty and classes to experiential learning and research at 8 different Research and Education Centers as well as satellite facilities that are located across the state.


Knoxville, Tennessee is a vibrant community supported by an in-city population of about 190,000, plus a metro-area population of ~580,000 additional residents. Our community boasts a thriving music and arts scene, along with plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Roan Mountain obscured by clouds on the Carver’s Gap section of the Appalachian Trail (Dec. 2022)

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