Programs of Study

M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology

The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are research-based academic degree programs that demand creative scholarship, technologic skill, and philosophic soundness. These programs emphasize the development of scientists with the ability to fill leadership positions in research, teaching, outreach, and administration. To achieve such goals of excellence, the student must be highly motivated and must make a commitment to the understanding of plant pathology so that biological principles can be developed and applied. Most of our students integrate both fundamental and applied aspects into their research projects and academic programs of study, giving them a truly broad-based experience as well as a competitive edge when entering the job market. Programs of study in our M.S. and Ph.D. programs are very flexible, and our faculty work closely with each student to design an individualized program that meets the student’s career goals.


Graduate Coordinator

James W. Buck
James W. Buck Professor - Diseases of soybean, wheat and ornamentals
Plant Pathology

Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management 

The MPPPM degree is a comprehensive interdisciplinary non-thesis degree program in plant protection, designed to produce graduates with a sound academic background in plant pathology, entomology, weed science and crop fertility. The goal of this program is to help students acquire the academic and technical skills to develop integrated plant protection systems for rural and urban environments.  


MPPPM Coordinator

Jean Williams-Woodward
Jean Williams-Woodward Extension Plant Pathologist - Ornamentals, Legume Forages, Hydroponics
Plant Pathology