Student Profile

Miranda (Morgan) Buss
Class of '12

Miranda (Morgan) Buss grew up in a farming family in Illinois. She earned a bachelor’s degree in crop science at Illinois before enrolling in the Illinois PSM’s plant biology (now plant biotechnology) program. Her interest in science plus business led to internships with both AGCO Corporation in Duluth, Georgia and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board in Bloomington, Illinois. After earning her M.S. degree, she joined AGCO as marketing specialist, working with high horsepower tractors and seeding and tillage equipment.  Miranda recently moved back to Illinois to join the Illinois PSM program as Assistant Director.

Plant Biotechnology Admission Requirements

The Plant Biotechnology program is not accepting applications for 2016.  Applicants are encouraged to explore the other IL PSM degree programs, especially the crops specialty in Agricultural Production, to determine if another major would match your goals and interests.

  • Bachelor's degree in the life sciences, broadly including: biology, chemistry or related fields from an accredited US institution or a comparable degree from a recognized institution abroad.
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and for any graduate work.
  • Personal Statement
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required.

For information about application requirements and deadlines, visit the plant biotechnology PSM application page.

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