Graduate Field of Plant Pathology & Plant Microbe Biology

Join one of the first departments of plant pathology in the country

    The Field of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology is a multi-faceted discipline that comprises many diverse subjects. To reflect this diversity, the program is organized into three distinct programs of graduate study: Plant Pathology, Plant-Microbe Biology, and Fungal and Oomycete Biology.

    In addition to the core requirements and expectations of all students in the Field of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, each program of study has its own core expectations and requirements. At the same time, there is overlap among programs of study, and the boundaries are purposely diffuse to maximize interaction. Students and faculty interact frequently, without regard to program boundaries, and take advantage of the synergies possible by exploring the intersections across programs of study.

    Overview

    There are five fields of graduate study within the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS): Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, and Soil and Crop Sciences.

    The SIPS Graduate Resource Page can help you identify graduate fields and faculty research programs that match your interests.

    Master of Science (M.S.)

    The Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section seeks highly motivated applicants with excellent academic credentials and a well-founded sense of purpose. Previous research experience is not essential but is often beneficial.

    An M.S. degree is not required to enter the Ph.D. degree program. A student in the Ph.D. program may petition to change to the M.S. program at any time. Likewise an M.S. candidate may petition to change to the Ph.D. program.

    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

    The Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section seeks highly motivated applicants with excellent academic credentials and a well-founded sense of purpose. Previous research experience is not essential but is often beneficial.

    An M.S. degree is not required to enter the Ph.D. degree program. A student in the Ph.D. program may petition to change to the M.S. program at any time. Likewise an M.S. candidate may petition to change to the Ph.D. program.