University of California, Riverside

Department of Nematology

Graduate Opportunities


The Department of Nematology always welcomes new graduate students. If you are interested in Nematology, and are considering graduate studies in this area, please check out our faculty web pages. You will find information on their research and can determine which faculty best match your interests. PhD degrees at UCR take about 5 years on average, of which the first two are mostly devoted to coursework. If you already have a directly relevant MSc degree, then you may be able to lighten some of the course requirements, pending approval of the Graduate Advisor. Alternatively, you may prefer to take the opportunity to strengthen aspects of your training that were not covered in depth during your previous studies.

Although our department does not offer its own PhD program, nematology faculty frequently serve as supervisors for students enrolled in a graduate program through one of the other relevant departments (usually Plant Pathology, Botany and Plant Sciences, Biology or Entomology) of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (see website

Funding for qualified applicants is usually brought together from different sources at different points in the program, through the combined efforts of student, supervisor and the college's Graduate Student Services.

For example, students with exceptional academic records may obtain fellowships from the college. Fellowship applicants must submit a complete application packet (online application, disclaimer form, application fee, statement of purpose, personal history statement, 3 letters of recommendation, official sealed transcripts sent directly from all attended universities, and official GRE and TOEFL scores) by January 5th of the year they wish to start.
Other, more widely accessible sources of support include research projects of the supervisor, Teaching Assistantships , small grants from graduate projects, etc. In order to leverage such local funds, it is very helpful for international students to come in with at least a one year stipend from the home country or from an international organization (FAO, NATO, EU etc).


Prospective PhD students should apply online at  Fellowships consideration and application deadlines differ for domestic and international students. Please refer to for updated deadlines. Usually it is best for a student to begin at UCR in the fall, as it takes about 8 months to get all the formalities and planning done. Funding opportunities are also greatest for fall applicants. It is not necessary, but definitely advisable, that the student has identified and contacted a prospective supervisor before applying for admission. This will not only facilitate initial decisions about the applicant's prospective curriculum, but it will also contribute substantially towards identifying and obtaining sources of support.


The Graduate Records Exam or GRE is required for admission, with a minimal score for 300 (Verbal + Quantitative). The TOEFL is also required, with minimum scores of 550 on the paper version ,213 on the computerized version or 80 on the internet-based version. The exams can be taken abroad. Please refer to for updated information on costs and exam offerings. Academic requirements depend on the program the student wishes to enroll in (see the various departments in


Total support required for an international applicant is currently about $44,793.00 per calendar. This amount includes Non-Resident Tuition (NRT), educational fees, housing, etc.  After advancement to candidacy NRT drops to $0 for a maximum of nine quarters. Once the student has reached the nine quarters of reduced NRT, then in the 10th quarter NRT will revert to the full amount of $5,034 per quarter, for which the student is responsible to pay.

Once an application file is complete and the Graduate Admissions Committee (GAC) has deemed the file admissible, then it is sent to the prospective supervisor of the student. This faculty member must sign an agreement to take the student and also commit some support, usually at the end of the fellowship period (2nd year). To admit a student who is unable to pay his/her own NRT and fees, the chosen program has to provide a commitment of how the person will be funded, either through a fellowship or through departmental support. If an applicant specifically wishes to be considered for fellowship support, then GRE scores of at least 307 to 312 (Verbal + Quantitative) are usually expected.


If the student is admitted then the Graduate Admissions Office will issue an I-20 form, which will allow him/her to obtain a student Visa (F-1).


After the student has arrived, the supervising faculty and student will usually meet at the beginning of the quarter with the GAC, to review the curriculum. At the end of the year, they will also conduct an annual evaluation.

For further information on procedures, please contact the Student Affairs Officer,  Laura McGeehan via email at .

Another useful contact is Dr. Adler Dillman (, chair of the relevant committee within the Department of Nematology at UCR.

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Nematology
Margarita Flores
1447 Boyce Hall

Tel: (951) 827-3598
Fax: (951) 827-2364