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Plant Pathology Graduate Program

The Penn State graduate program in Plant Pathology provides education and research experience in the study of plant disease to prepare qualified graduates for college teaching and research positions as well as careers in industry and government. A Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees are available.

Graduate Degree Programs in Plant Pathology

Why consider a career in Plant Pathology?

The primary mission of the discipline of Plant pathology is ultimately to reduce the harmful effects of plant diseases on plants important to human society. The objective is to support growth of healthy plants whether as individual landscaping plants to beautify our living spaces, as fields of crop plants needed to sustain our food supply, or larger regional populations of plants, such as forests, needed to maintain an inhabitable ecosystem. The discipline of Plant Pathology encompasses many diverse and related sciences including microbiology, microbial ecology, plant disease epidemiology, molecular biology, genetics, and associated plant sciences. To learn more about the significance of Plant Pathology, watch the video below.

Dual-title degree in Biogeochemistry

Ph.D. graduate students who are interested in strengthening their plant pathology degree by integrating their graduate education in biogeochemistry should consider applying to this dual-title degree program in the Geosciences Department.

Biogeochemistry Dual-Title Graduate Program students complete the requirements for their major graduate program and, in addition, 15 specific credits. Contact for more information.

Dual-title degree in International Agriculture and Development

Graduate students (both M.S. and Ph.D.) who are interested in strengthening their plant pathology degree by incorporating international experiences and credentials should consider applying to this dual-title degree program in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Graduate students must apply and be accepted into International Agriculture and Development (INTAD). Contact María del Mar Jiménez Gasco for more information.