Student Profile

Grant Hansen
Class of '12

Grant Hansen earned an M.S. in the Illinois PSM’s plant biology (now plant biotechnology) program. He return to school after several years of business experience to "not only gain a master's degree, but to add business instruction and experience" to position him for bio-based careers. Grant received the 2012 Volunteer Service Award from the Illinois Office of Volunteer Programs for his work with SCORE while an Illinois PSM student. He interned with AMCOL International as a market research analyst. Upon graduation, Grant was hired as a marketing specialist with DuPont.  Recently, he accepted a new position as a product coordinator for United Suppliers.

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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