The Plant Pathology MS program provides training in the microbial sciences through core and elective coursework and an in-depth research opportunity in molecular, genetic, genomic, or ecological aspects of microbes, including free-living and plant-associated fungi, bacteria, and viruses. New MS students have the opportunity to rotate through two labs, to gain experience with the scientific questions and techniques employed in each. Following the selection of a permanent lab and a Major Advisor, students deepen their expertise in that lab's research area through participation in all aspects of the lab’s activities. With guidance from the Major Advisor, students then develop and execute a novel research project and disseminate their results through a Master’s Thesis and potentially a scientific publication.
Core coursework is minimal and includes cross-training in basic plant science, to ensure a solid foundation in plant responses to microbial interactions. Elective coursework, chosen in consultation with the student’s advisors, deepens expertise in areas related to the intended direction within plant microbial research.
The Plant Pathology MS prepares students for careers in agency, industry, and academic institutions that require a solid background in microbial science and experience with research techniques and experimental design.
The School of Plant Sciences has an international reputation for basic and applied research on plant sciences, plant microbiology, and plant pathology. Our research responds to the urgent question of how to provide plant and microbial-based solutions to sustainably feed and clothe an anticipated ten billion humans by the year 2050. Outcomes of our vision include a broadly trained, job-ready workforce prepared to meet future challenges to agricultural and urban plant systems; robust research and extension programs that support plant improvements through genetics, breeding, and symbioses; novel strategies for mitigating plant disease and improving food safety; and innovative land management strategies to optimize plant growth.
We offer two distinct graduate programs: Plant Science (PhD, MS, and Minor) and Plant Pathology (PhD, MS, and Minor). The Plant Science graduate program prepares students for careers focused on all aspects of plants, including interactions with abiotic and biotic factors, whereas the Plant Pathology prepares students for careers focused on microbes, particularly fungi and plant-associated bacteria and viruses, both beneficial and pathogenic.
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
The following items are required for admissions to our program, in addition to the items required by the Graduate College:
We do not require the GRE.
Excellent student applicants are offered support during the first semester, during rotations, through a combination of Scholarships and Research Assistantships. Thereafter, pending successful identification of a Major Advisor and achieving satisfactory academic performance, year-round support is generally offered through a blend of Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships. Support includes tuition, student-only health insurance, and a nationally competitive stipend.
Fall admission: for full consideration of your application, it must be received by December 1 of each year, for admission the following Fall.
Spring admission: we will not be accepting applications for Spring admission at this time, with rare exceptions for targeted recruiting.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
The following courses are required for the Plant Pathology MS (20 units):
Elective credits (minimum 10 units) may be selected from the following courses. Substitutions may be considered at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies. The minimum expected grade is B but exceptions may be made as long as the cumulative GPA is maintained at 3.2 (see “Satisfactory Progress” in our handbook). Research units do not contribute to the GPA.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.