Master’s Degree (M.S.) in Plant Pathology
Applicants applying for a graduate program in plant pathology who have earned a bachelor’s degree will be considered for the M.S. program. The M.S. program in plant pathology includes 30 credit hours (minimum), with 21 credit hours (minimum) of graded course work, 15 of which must be at the 500-level. The program includes 2 credit hours of Seminar (Pl P 515). A thesis based on original research and oral defense of thesis are required for the M.S. in plant pathology.
On-line Non-thesis Master’s
Are you interested in an on-line non-thesis Master’s in Agriculture degree with an option in Plant Health Management? WSU has a program for you!
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Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in Plant Pathology
Applicants admitted to the doctoral program in plant pathology should have a M.S. Degree. The period of study for the Ph.D. is at least 3 years beyond the M.S. The Ph.D. program in plant pathology includes 72 credit hours (minimum), of which 34 hours are in graded course work, 25 of which must be at the 500-level. Only half of the graded coursework is transferable from another university. A minimum of 14 credit hours of Plant Pathology coursework is required (see list of courses), plus a minimum of 2 credit hours of Seminar (Pl P 515). Successful completion of an oral preliminary examination is required. A dissertation based on original research, and oral defense, are required for the Ph.D. in plant pathology. Students bypassing the M.S. will also be required to submit a research proposal. For more information on this option, see the Graduate Student Handbook.
Applicants with a B.S. may apply for direct admission to a Ph.D. program and are considered on a case-by-case basis. These applicants should include the following as part of their application materials to receive full consideration:
- Documented evidence of research experience: Provide a one-page description of the research project with which you were involved that includes the nature of the research project, duration, your supervisor, your role and involvement in the project, what you learned from the project, and any publications or conference presentations resulting from the project with which you were involved (and your role in the publication and presentation).
- Statement of Purpose: Address specifically why you want to go directly into a Ph.D. program instead of first completing an MS degree, your interests in pursuing a Ph.D., and your and career goals.
- Grades: GPA should be no less than 3.25.
- English proficiency: If you are not a native English speaker, you are required to submit test scores of either TOEFL or IELTS. GRE scores are not required.