Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Graduate Study
Plant Pathology - Master of Science

Plant pathology graduate students may study in one or more emphasis areas, including phytobacteriology, mycology, virology, epidemiology, host parasite interactions, soil microbiology, disease management and molecular biology. Commodity-oriented strategic research areas in which the above emphasis areas may be studied include vegetable crops, fruit crops, nursery, landscape and ornamentals, field crops, turf crops, and forest and tree pathology. Students are urged to take courses which provide a broad background in biological and physical sciences in addition to training in specialized areas.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, students must meet the requirements specified below.


Regular admission may be granted to those students who have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, a 3.00 grade point average, and appropriate training in the biological and physical sciences and mathematics.

Provisional admission may be granted to those students who do not meet the requirements for regular admission.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Plant Pathology

The master’s degree program in plant pathology is available under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis). The student’s program of study is arranged by a guidance committee which includes the major professor.

For both Plan A and Plan B, students must:

  1. Complete at least 30 credits including at least two graduate-level seminar courses in the biological sciences, one of which must be Plant Pathology 894.
  2. Acquire teaching experience by assisting in at least one course.
  3. Demonstrate a reading knowledge of a foreign language if required by the guidance committee.

Additional Requirement for Plan A:

Pass a final oral examination in defense of the thesis.

Additional Requirement for Plan B:

Pass a final examination or evaluation.