Other Program Information

For information about all Graduate School policies and procedures, please see the Graduate School Handbook.

MASTER’S PROGRAM | Summary of Procedures

Time: The advisory committee and Plan of Work (POW) should be developed and completed before the beginning of the student’s 3rd semester. In order to accomplish these tasks, the student should:  POW_MS_Worksheet

  1. Outline thesis project with their major advisor (end of 1st semester);
  2. Discuss potential committee members with major advisor based on proposed thesis project. The major advisor should then submit the names of these advisory committee members to the Plant Pathology Director of Graduate Programs. The Plant Pathology Department Head will make the final approval of the advisory committee members;
  3. Develop MS Plan of Work (POW) with major advisor and other advisory committee members. The POW should be submitted through MyPack Portal for DGP approval before the beginning of the 3rd semester. Please ask the Graduate Services Coordinator (through email) to review the POW before submitting it through MyPack Portal.

Advisory Committee Members: The advisory committee must be made up of a minimum of 3 graduate faculty.

Minimum hours on POW: Students must have a minimum of 30 semester hours listed on their POW. All required courses should be included in the 30 listed semester hours.

PP 601 Seminar/MS Symposium: All MS students are required to enroll in at least one semester hour of PP 601 (Seminar). This one semester hour course is for MS students (in, at least, their 2nd graduate semester) to present their research at the annually held Plant Pathology MS Symposium (end of fall semester).

Supervised Teaching: All MS students are required to participate in supervised teaching at least once during their graduate studies. Students participating in supervised teaching should enroll in PP 685 (Supervised Teaching) during the semester they plan to assist with teaching. Before enrolling in PP 685, students should contact the course instructor for permission to supervise teach the desired course. After receiving affirmative confirmation from the course instructor, the instructor should inform the Graduate Service Coordinator as soon as possible so that the student can be listed as “support” for the course in MyPack Portal.

DOCTORAL PROGRAM | Summary of Procedures

Time: The advisory committee and Plan of Work (POW) should be developed and completed before the beginning of the student’s 3rd semester. In order to accomplish these tasks, the student should:  POW_PhD_Worksheet

  1. Outline dissertation project with their major advisor (1st semester);
  2. Discuss potential committee members with major advisor based on proposed dissertation project. The major advisor should then submit the names of these advisory committee members to the Plant Pathology Director of Graduate Programs. The Plant Pathology Department Head will make the final approval of the advisory committee members);
  3. Develop PhD Plan of Work (POW) with major advisor and other advisory committee members. The POW should be submitted through MyPack Portal for DGP approval before the beginning of the 3rd semester. Please ask the Graduate Services Coordinator (through email) to review the POW before submitting it through MyPack Portal.

Advisory Committee Members: The advisory committee must be made up of a minimum of 4 graduate faculty. Committee chair must be a full graduate faculty member.

Minimum hours on POW: Students must have a minimum of 72 semester hours listed on their POW. A maximum of 18 hours can be transferred from a related MS degree. All required courses should be included in the 72 listed semester hours. Students should have completed all courses listed on their POW by the end of their 6th semester (students with a MS degree) or 8th semester (students without a MS degree).

PP 801 Seminar (Dissertation Proposal Seminar & PhD Symposium): All PhD students are required to enroll in PP 801 (Seminar) twice.

  1. Dissertation Proposal Seminar – PhD students should present their dissertation proposal to their advisory committee and other graduate students & faculty. This seminar is not part of the Departmental seminar series.
  2. PhD Symposium– For PhD students (in, at least, their 2nd graduate semester) to present their research at the annually held Plant Pathology PhD Symposium (end of spring semester).

Supervised Teaching: All PhD students are required to participate in supervised teaching at least twice during their graduate studies. At least one of the courses must have a laboratory component. Students participating in supervised teaching should enroll in PP 885 (Supervised Teaching) during the semester they plan to assist with teaching. Before enrolling in PP 885, students should contact the course instructor for permission to supervise teach the desired course. After receiving affirmative confirmation from the course instructor, the instructor should inform the Graduate Service Coordinator as soon as possible so that the student can be listed as “support” for the course in MyPack Portal.

Preliminary Exam: Students should complete their preliminary written and oral examinations immediately following their 4th semester (second academic year).

MASTERS & DOCTORAL PROGRAMS

NC Residency: All domestic out-of-state graduate students must apply for NC residency by the end of the first year of graduate studies. Upon arrival at NCSU, out-of-state graduate students should immediately begin preparing to qualify for NC residency (obtaining a NC Drivers License). Please see the links below for more information about achieving NC residency.

Thesis/dissertation (ETD) submission: All theses and dissertations are submitted electronically. Please plan to attend a Graduate School Workshop by the end of your 3rd semester.

Departmental Seminar Series Attendance: All Plant Pathology students are expected to attend the Wednesday morning (10:30 – 11:30 am) seminar unless there is a class conflict. For more information about Departmental seminars, please visit http://plantpath.cals.ncsu.edu/seminars.

Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP)
Students that receive a minimum of $8,000 stipend as assistantship or fellowship are automatically entitled to coverage under GSSP. GSSP provides tuition and health insurance for these eligible students as long as they are registered full-time (9 credit hours/semester – refer to GSSP Pocket Chart provided for schedule of minimum GSSP credit-hour requirements). Research credits (PP 695/895) may be used to bring total hours/semester to minimum GSSP required levels.

Continuous Enrollment:
Once a graduate student begins their graduate program, they must enroll continuously, each fall and spring semester. Summer registration is NOT required, and GSSP graduate students health insurance continues through these summer semesters. Unregistered students during the summer, however, do not have access to the University Recreation or Student Health Centers because they are not enrolled, and thus, do not pay semester fees. The GSSP does NOT cover tuition for summer sessions. Nonetheless, graduate students can register for summer research (PP 696/896) with permission from their major advisor.