Graduate Program in Plant Biology & Conservation

The Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation is a partnership between Northwestern University (NU) and the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG). PhD, MS thesis-

based, and MS internship-based degrees are offered. All degree programs offer a unique opportunity to study ecology, evolution, and environmental issues at the interface of basic and applied plant science. Students apply to the program through Northwestern University and take their courses at both NU and CBG with faculty from both institutions. The Plant Conservation and Science Center at CBG is a valuable resource for students, and the Chicago region provides a vibrant community at the forefront of research in conservation and sustainability.

To learn more, contact program director, Nyree Zerega ( or visit our website:

Application deadlines:

PhD: December 1, 2017

MS (thesis-based): February 15, 2018

MS (internship-based): Applications will be reviewed beginning February 15 and review will continue through April 30, 2018. Admissions are on a rolling basis.