Applicants: Please note that the GRE test requirement for applying to these programs has been waived until further notice due to a decrease in testing availability during the pandemic.


PSPP graduate student workin in the lab

Bernard Nyamesorto, a doctoral student from Ghana in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, recently won the graduate research competition at the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative technical workshop for his research in rust-resistant wheat. 


We are pleased you are interested in one of our rigorous and competitive graduate programs in the Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology (PSPP) Department.  PSPP faculty are involved in both teaching and research, which gives graduate students the benefit of hands-on experience in laboratories, classrooms, and research activities. We excel in designing a program of study that will meet each student's needs and prepare them for a professional career or continued training and education.

The PSPP Department offers a rich, diverse graduate curriculum taught by award-winning researchers and supplemented by world-class facilities. As a graduate student of in our Department, you will have the opportunity to influence the future of crop production, play an essential role in maintaining the nation's food supply, develop new technology to manage crop pests, and study the genetics of crops to influence their management and quality.    

Plant Sciences Graduate Programs
 Program Type Degree Program Options Required Coursework 

Plant Pathology 

Plant Sciences 


M.S. in Plant Pathology or Plant Sciences

Doctoral Plant Sciences

Plant Pathology 

Plant Genetics 

Ph.D. in Plant Sciences Coursework

Before you Apply 

Before submitting an application through The Graduate School at MSU, we strongly encourage all prospective Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology (PSPP) graduate students to identify and communicate with a department faculty adviser. The list of PSPP faculty members and their areas of interest needs to be consulted to help you identify one of them as a potential major advisor. This is someone with whom you share academic interests. You may e-mail a PSPP faculty member directly with any specific questions you may have about research opportunities in the department. If a faculty member expresses interest, you will be invited to submit an application. Although you can apply without having communicated with a prospective faculty adviser, this is not ideal and your application may languish. Regardless, if you choose this option, your application will be placed on our faculty website for their perusal for 6 months.

Prospective Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology graduate students can submit an informational survey to the department prior to submitting a full Graduate Application in order to determine if your qualifications are best suited for our current needs. However, communicating with a prospective major advisor, as mentioned above, is the most ideal manner in which to determine your potential fit as a graduate student in the PSPP Department.

For more information about applying to the PSPP Department for graduate studies, contact:, (406) 994-4832

Domestic Degree-seeking Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semesters- July 15th
  • Spring Semesters- December 1st
  • Summer Semesters- April 1st   

International Degree and Non-degree-seeking Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semesters- May 15th
  • Spring Semesters- October 1st
  • Summer Semesters- February 1st
  • Minimum TOEFL Requirement: 80 - internet-based test (iBT)

Additional Information 

PSPP Graduate Student Policies and Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions 

Current Graduate Students