How to Apply


> Graduate and Professional Admissions website (Master in) Plant Health Management

Graduate Nondegree Program

Some students opt to take classes in non-degree status before applying to the MPHM program. Up to 9 semester graduate-level credits can be transferred to a degree program.  Admission to Graduate Nondegree status does not guarantee or imply admission to the MPHM program. > More info

Applying to the Master in Plant Health Management Program (MPHM)

Eligibility - Students from all academic majors can apply. Applicants should have at least a college-level biology, plant biology, microbiology or chemistry course.

The instructions below are specific to the MPHM Graduate Program.
There are separate applications for the MS and PhD programs in Plant Pathology and Entomology.

Should I apply to the MPHM, MS or PhD program?  > Read more


  • Summer 2024: U.S. applicants: March 1, 2024.  International applicants: January 15, 2023.
  • Autumn 2024: U.S. applicants: July 3, 2024.  International applicants: April 15, 2024.
  • Spring 2025: U.S. applicants: November 1, 2024.  International applicants: September 1, 2024.


Most applicants start in Autumn semester, but we do accept new applications for Spring.  There are limited class options in Summer.

Out of state students

The Ohio State University is authorized to offer the Master in Plant Health Management program in all 50 states. For more information on state authorization requirements and disclosures related to online programs, please visit

International applicants: A country may or may not regulate distance education provided to students in its jurisdiction and may or may not require foreign higher education institutions to comply with distance education regulations. At this time, The Ohio State University cannot guarantee that a program meets curriculum requirements or professional licensure requirements in your country. [that is, outside of the U.S.]

Application Deadlines

Applicants may apply for any term; MPHM admits students year-round but most students start in Autumn or Spring.
MPHM application deadlines: Graduate and Professional Admissions

1.  Apply online at:

There is a non-refundable application fee. ($60-domestic applicants/ $70-international applicants).
New! Ohio State Alumni may be eligible for an application fee waiver > More info

Search for Academic Program/Plan: Plant Health Management

Indicate Columbus campus (even though you may be taking classes or doing an internship at other locations).

For the MPHM-Online program, select the Program Data tab > ONL sub-plan.

2. Transcripts

Submit transcripts or record of marks for each university-level school attended.  This includes transcripts for transfer and/or summer courses taken at other universities, even if the transfer credits/grades are posted on transcripts of institutions from which you have earned a degree.  Include English translations of any foreign documents.  (for coursework taken at Ohio State, the Ohio State transcripts do not need to be uploaded)

Applicants can now upload electronic copies of transcripts in the online application process.  Applicants can upload one transcript per institution attended. >  Frequently Asked Questions

► Please note that official transcripts (sent directly from the college or university) will be required if admitted to the university.

2. Low GPA (below 3.0 for last degree earned) (if applicable)

Applicants whose GPA is below 3.0 a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale or equivalent) for the last bachelor's or advanced degree earned can still be considered for admission but should contact the MPHM program for guidance, Monica Lewandowski,  

3. English Proficiency

(if applicable)

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a recent, official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other acceptable English proficiency test. TOEFL scores should be sent to Ohio State (Institutional code 1592).  Currently Duolingo and IELTS are also accepted.  More information is below:

Specific test requirements on the Graduate Admissions website:

4. Statement of Intent

1-2-page statement of intent describing your professional goals, as well as relevant work, and academic experience.  It may be helpful to include autobiographical or other information as it relates to your motivations and interests in pursuing a MPHM degree at Ohio State.

The statement of intent and curriculum vitae/resume can be uploaded with your on-line application as Word or pdf file.

Tip: If you're unsure about how to write a statement of intent for graduate study, an internet search will yield many articles and resources with advice (aka personal essay, personal statement or statement of purpose).
Look for resources that specifically address graduate applications.  Explore several sites for suggestions that apply to you.

5. Three Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation from professional references familiar with your qualifications and potential for graduate study.
The MPHM program accepts online submission of letters OR paper letters/reference forms by mail:

a. Electronic submission
Applicants can submit the names and e-mail addresses of 3 references in the online application process.  The references will receive e-mail instructions for completing the online recommendation process.  Letters of recommendation on letterhead can be uploaded as pdf or Word forms in this process.

For more information on submitting references' names/e-mail addresses for online submission, or to send reminders to your references,
visit  Graduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

b. Paper copies
If your recommender(s) would rather submit letters by mail, paper copies written on recommenders' original letterhead stationery may be mailed to the MPHM Graduate Program.  If letters are submitted online, paper copies do not need to be sent by mail.

Paper copies must be accompanied by a completed Ohio State Reference Form:
Applicants should fill out page 1 of the reference form, and request that the recommender complete page 2 (this is for paper submission only and is not necessary if the online submission process was used).  The recommender should mail the reference form with the letter to:

MPHM Graduate Program
The Ohio State University
201 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd
Columbus OH  43210   USA

6. Curriculum Vita or Resume

A 1-2 page document detailing your previous work and educational experience, academic, and professional activities and honors, publications, and other relevant information.

No additional items are required by the Master in Plant Health Management Program.

For assistance:

Please contact the MPHM Graduate Program Coordinator, Monica Lewandowski:

Contact information for the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
SAS Building, 1st Floor
281 West Lane Ave
Columbus, OH 43210-1132   USA

Graduate Admissions Office telephone: (614) 292-9444  USA EST
Fax: (614) 292-3895