With 27 faculty members and close to 50 graduate students, the University of Georgia offers one of the largest and most holistic plant pathology graduate programs in the United States. The program includes a wide range of opportunities in areas ranging from applied, field-based research to fundamental, lab-based approaches.

We offer three graduate degrees: M.S., Ph.D., and an interdisciplinary, non-thesis Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management (MPPPM) degree. Students have the opportunity to specialize across the range of disciplines that comprise the contemporary field of plant pathology, including mycology, bacteriology, nematology, virology, genetics, molecular plant-microbe interactions, epidemiology and integrated disease management.

Graduate Courses

Learn about the more than 20 different graduate-level courses offered in plant pathology, some of which are also offered on the UGA Tifton and Griffin campuses.

Programs of Study

We offer  M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant pathology, as well as a Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management (MPPPM) degree in cooperation with the Departments of Entomology and Crop & Soil Sciences.

Double Dawgs 4+1 Programs

The Double Dawgs program in a dual-degree 4+1 curriculum that gives ambitious and motivated students a competitive advantage in today's knowledge economy.


Learn more about applying to graduate programs in the Department of Plant Pathology.


M.S. and Ph.D. students in plant pathology are typically supported through graduate assistantships or fellowships. Learn more about how to pursue these opportunities.

For Current Students

Learn how you can get involved with the Society of Aspiring Plant Pathologists (SAPPS), and view important dates, deadlines, student manual and Graduate School forms.


Graduate Coordinator

Shavannor M. Smith Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics of Host Plant Resistance
Plant Pathology