Department of Plant Pathology

The WSU Department of Plant Pathology has internationally recognized scientists working side by side with graduate students to solve threats to the world’s food supply.
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The Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) offers one of the most comprehensive plant pathology programs in the country. Ranked second in the United States for the number of crops grown, Washington state provides diverse learning opportunities in a number of locations. Students work side-by-side with internationally recognized scientists, can specialize in advanced studies for the areas we research, and have access to new state-of-the art laboratories. All plant pathology graduate students receive funding through grants, fellowships, or assistantships.

Degree Options

Master’s Degree (MS) in Plant Pathology

Graduate students are trained to understand and apply the scientific method to plant pathological problems, to develop critical thinking and professional skills needed for successful careers in public and private sectors.

Online Master of Science in Agriculture (MSAG) Plant Health and Management

The plant health and management option, offered entirely online, provides students with a solid core curriculum in agricultural science focusing on valuable practical knowledge and skills for agricultural professionals.

Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Plant Pathology

The PhD program prepares students for leadership roles in scientific research programs and related disciplines at the state, national, and international level.

Why WSU?

WSU is a really unique place where a group of incredibly diverse people with a wide range of skills and experience are all working together to improve our state’s agricultural systems. If you’re passionate about making a difference in agriculture and meeting the changing and future needs of our farmers, you’ll be in incredibly good company and we would love to have you join us.

Elliott Marston, Graduate Student

Elliott Marston with his dog.

Funding opportunities

U.S. citizens who have a GPA of 3.5 or above and meet other qualifying conditions may be eligible for a prestigious ARCS fellowship, which provides $7,500 the first year and $5,000 for two consecutive years (in addition to any research or teaching assistantships received).  All eligible applicants will be considered; nominations are limited.

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Department News

Achour Amiri receives Pacesetter Award

October 18, 2022
Achour Amiri, assistant professor of the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU) at Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, Wenatchee, is one of the two winners of the […]

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