Dr. M. A. Saghai-Maroof and his students use molecular markers, emerging genomics and bioinformatics tools for crop improvement, particularly in soybean genetics and genomics.

Translational Plant Science is an interdisciplinary graduate education program supported by the Virginia Tech Graduate School. To apply, visit the graduate school admissions site Click to Apply.

Candidates desiring first round admissions consideration are urged to submit completed applications by December 1st.  Second round admissions occur in March and are only on space available basis.


Completed applications include:

  • Unofficial transcripts (Official paper transcripts required upon admission)
  • Three references
  • Statement of Interest
  • Resume / CV
  • Official GRE Scores
  • TOEFL (International students only; minimum total score 90)

Dr. Saghai-Maroof, Director of Recruitment

Cris Thompson, Assistant Director of Recruitment

Karl Compton & Catherine Freed, Recruitment Graduate Representatives 2018-2019

Upcoming Gradute Recruiting Fairs, Events, & Info Sessions

9/20-9/21: University of Maryland Baltimore County & UMBC McNairs
9/25: James Madison University
10/1: Alabama A & M
10/2: Stillman Univ
10/2: U Alabama - Birmingham
10/3: Auburn University
10/3: Faulkner University
10/4: U Alabama - Mobile (tent)
10/10: U Central Missouri
10/11: Southeast Missouri State
10/16: Hampton University
10/25: Virginia State University
10/27: Southern California Diversity Summit, UC San Diego
11/7: NC A&T Univ