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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Our Doctor of Philosophy 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.

The doctoral degree usually requires three years of study and research beyond the master's degree. Advancement to doctoral candidacy is decided on the basis of previous academic record, performance in graduate courses, and a candidacy examination.

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.

The program involves an active and engaging graduate student community, mandatory co-advising, cross-disciplinary coursework, and opportunities for additional stipend and tuition support beyond that of a student’s home department or program. Annual events offer an opportunity to exchange ideas with biogeochemists on and off campus, including the student-organized Environmental Chemistry Student Symposium and annual mini-conferences and field trips.

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 Dr. María del Mar Jiménez Gasco for more information.

An advisory committee appointed by the program chair determines the specific course requirements, approves the research plan, and administers the comprehensive examination and thesis defense.

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