Master of Science

The Master of Science in Plant Pathology program provides education, teaching, and research experience to help prepare students for academic careers and to work in industry and government. Students explore plant pathology disciplines through course work and a research thesis, usually completed in two years.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Plant Pathology Ph.D. program provides education and research experience in the study of plant disease to help prepare graduates for careers in teaching, industry, and government. The doctoral degree usually requires three years of study and research.

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 in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Students in the Biogeochemistry Dual-Title Graduate Program complete the requirements for their major graduate program in addition to 15 specific credits.

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.

Intercollege Degree Programs

Earn your graduate degree through multiple Penn State colleges. Typical specialties include ecology, molecular cellular and integrative biosciences, plant biology, and more.

Funding Opportunities

Information on assistantships, scholarships, and awards for Penn State of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology graduate students.

How to Apply

Deadlines, instructions, and more for applying to Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology graduate programs at Penn State.

Plant Pathology Association

The Plant Pathology Association represents an organization designed for graduate students in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, providing a network for support, encouragement, and academic discussion.

Student Resources

Handbooks and student orientation, information for international students, scholarship and research integrity, funding opportunities, and more for new Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology graduate students.

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