Graduate Program Requirements & Curriculum Courses

A) Master of Plant Pathology (MPP):  This degree option is non-thesis and requires 30 semester hours (units) of coursework. Up to 12 semester hours of graduate certificate coursework can be applied toward this degree. In order to fulfill these 30 required semester hours, one must successfully complete:

  • 12 semester hours of required core curriculum courses (all core courses);
  • a minimum of 6 semester hours of graduate-level plant pathology courses;
  • a minimum of 6 semester hours of Special Problems research (PP 620);
  • (optional) 6 semester hours of graduate-level coursework in plant pathology or another related field of study.

B) Master of Science (MS): This degree option requires students to successfully complete at least 30 semester hours and an original master’s thesis. Up to 12 semester hours of graduate certificate coursework can be applied toward this degree. In order to fulfill these 30 required semester hours, one must successfully complete:

  • 12 semester hours of required core curriculum courses (all core courses);
  • a presentation of thesis research at one of the annually held MS Symposiums (PP 601);
  • a minimum of one semester hour of supervised teaching (PP 685);
  • a maximum of 6 semester hours of master’s thesis research (PP 695) is allowed on your graduate plan of work;
  • a minimum of 6 semester hours of graduate-level plant pathology courses;
  • remaining hours can be used to enroll in any graduate-level course in plant pathology or another related field of study.

C) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): This degree option requires students to successfully complete at least 72 semester hours and an original PhD dissertation. Up to 18 semester hours of master’s coursework can be applied toward this degree. In order to fulfill these 72 required semester hours, one must successfully complete:

  • 12 semester hours of required core curriculum courses (all core courses);
  • serve as a teaching assistant (PP 885) for at least two courses, one of which must have a lab component;
  • two separate doctoral research seminars (PP 801) – typically, one is a dissertation research proposal seminar and the other a dissertation research presentation at the annually held PhD Symposium during spring semester. (PP 801 – one semester hour each);
  • a minimum of 12 semester hours of graduate-level plant pathology courses or graduate-level courses from other departments (approved by the DGP) (at least 6 of those semester hours must be at the 700-level or above);
  • remaining hours can be used to enroll in any graduate-level course in plant pathology or another related field of study.
Core Curriculum Courses (Required)

All Degrees

  • PP 501 | Biology of Plant Pathogens (3 s.h.) Fall
  • PP 502 | Plant Disease: Principles, Diagnosis, and Management (2 s.h.) Fall
  • PP 506 | Epidemiology and Plant Disease Control (3 s.h.) Spring
  • PP 707 | Plant Microbe Interactions ( 3 s.h.) Spring
  • PHI 816* | Introduction to Research Ethics (1 s.h.) Fall & Spring

*Or, at least one semester hour of another graduate-level research ethics course. Students may enroll in the Responsible Conduct of Research on-line course offered through the Graduate School to fulfill this requirement.

MS and PhD only

  • PP 601/801 | Seminar in Plant Pathology (1 s.h.) | (MS Symposium – Fall; PhD Symposium – Spring)
  • PP 685/885 | Supervised Teaching (1-3 s.h.)
  • PP 695/895 | Thesis/Dissertation Research

Advanced Courses in Plant Pathology

  • PP 530 – Agriculture, Ethics and the Environment
  • PP 540 – Tropical Plant Pathology
  • PP 575 – Introduction to Mycology
  • PP 715 – Applied Evolutionary Analysis of Population Genetic Data
  • PP 727 – Ecology of Soil Ecosystems
  • PP 730 – Fungal Genetics and Physiology
  • PP 755 – Plant Disease Resistance: Mechanisms and Applications
  • PP 590/790 (section) – Field Plant Pathology in NC
  • PP 610/810 (001) – Genomic Science Journal Club
  • PP 610/810 (003) – Climate Change and Agriculture
  • PP 790 (section) – Phytonematology
  • PP 790 (section) – Epidemiology: Theory and Application
  • PP 795 (section) – Bacterial Quorum Sensing & Its Consequences
  • PP 790 (section) – Invasive Organisms