M.S. in Plant Pathology

Admission policy

  1. Application for admission should be made at least 3 months but not more than 12 months before the desired entry date.
  2. The student must submit a letter of intent, along with the application for admission indicating their specific areas of interest and career goals.
  3. Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should indicate the character and academic capability of the applicant.
  4. The applicant must meet requirements for admission to the Graduate School as set forth in the current Graduate School Catalog. A grade point average of 3.00 (B) or better is required for admission to the Plant Pathology Program. Provisional admission is possible if requirements are met. Official transcripts from all institutions attended are required. 
  5. The applicant should have adequate preparation in English, and a basic background in the following areas:
    a. Physics
    b. Chemistry - through Organic Chemistry
    c. Mathematics
    d. Biological Sciences - Botany, Biology, Microbiology, and Genetics.
    e. Statistics
  6. Deficiencies will be determined by the Program of Study Committee and/or the student's Advisory Committee. The student will be expected to make up any deficiencies within a year of entry. Deficiencies may be taken for graduate credit if appropriate and applied toward the degree requirements, but the credit hour requirements will be increased accordingly.
  7. Scores for the GRE revised General Test (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing) are required.

 Advisory Committee

  1. Students accepted into the program but who have several deficiencies or have not designated a strong research interest in a sub-discipline or major professor, will be advised by a Program of Study Committee appointed by the Department Head.
  2. During the first semester, the student should select a major professor and/or a major area of research emphasis. He/she will be assigned to that person as appropriate.
  3. The major professor and the student will recommend an Advisory Committee to consist of a minimum of four members of the Graduate Faculty with at least one member from outside the Department of Plant Pathology. The Department Head will be a member of every students' Advisory Committee to provide oversight.
  4. The Advisory Committee's responsibility is to assist the student in developing a general program of study and research, and to monitor the student's progress until completion of the degree. It is the responsibility of the student's major professor and the Advisory Committee to see that all requirements for the degree and graduate assistantship (if applicable) are fulfilled before the degree is conferred.

 

Program

Course requirements for each degree candidate will be arranged on an individual basis by the student and their Advisory Committee. A minimum of 30 graduate-level hours is required, but the Advisory Committee may require a higher minimum. No more than 3 hours of Seminar and 6 hours of Special Problems may be included in the minimum.

Course requirements for each degree candidate will be arranged on an individual basis by the student and their Advisory Committee. A minimum of 30 graduate-level hours is required, but the Advisory Committee may require a higher minimum. No more than 3 hours of Seminar and 6 hours of Special Problems may be included in the minimum.
    1. Required course work includes:
      a.  Principles of Plant Pathology (no graduate credit given)
      b.  One of the Advanced Plant Pathology concept courses (3 credits)
      c.  One of the following electives: Fungal Biology, Fungal Identification, Plant Virology, Plant Nematology,   Phytobacteriology (3 credits)
      d.  Plant Pathology electives (6-7 credits) (electives include Plant Disease Control, Diseases of Economic Crops, Advanced Plant Pathology (course not taken under b. above), Agricultural Biotechnology, Special Problems, or one of the courses listed under c. above)
      e.  Seminar requirements include three sessions (3 credits):
           1. Research Proposal
           2. Topic
           3. Final/exit
  1. Only grades of B or above in graduate courses in Plant Pathology will be accepted by the Department for graduate credit.
  2. If the cumulative GPA falls below 3.00 or research or academic progress is unsatisfactory, the student will be reevaluated by their Advisory Committee. The decision of the Advisory Committee may be appealed to the faculty of the Department of Plant Pathology.
  3. The M.S. Degree normally will be completed in two years by graduate assistants and in five years by research assistants.
  4. A thesis is required. Only 6 hours of thesis (research) credit may be applied toward the 30-hour degree requirement although additional thesis credits may be earned. The thesis title must be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School at least 3 months before the comprehensive examination. A thesis draft must be submitted to the Advisory Committee at least 4 weeks before the examination. Final copies of the thesis must be submitted to the Advisory Committee at least 1 week before the examination. The examination must be held at least 2 weeks before the degree is to be conferred. The thesis, in final form, must be approved by the Graduate School and delivered to Mullins Library at least 1 week before the degree is to be conferred.
    NOTE: A student cannot be cleared for degree conferral until an application for the degree has been filed with the Registrars Office and the graduation fee paid.
  5. A comprehensive oral examination is required of all degree candidates. A written examination may be requested by the Advisory Committee. The examination will be given by the Advisory committee, but all faculty members should receive written notice of the oral examination and are invited to participate.