Online MPHM


MPHM-Online consists of 8 required courses (plus a current topics seminar) which cover the breadth of Plant Health Management from disease, insect and weed management to soil fertility, crop physiology and statistical analysis of the most common experimental designs.  In addition, there are several courses in online format which serve as electives for this curriculum.

Distance education is defined as courses that are 100% distance (with no scheduled in-classroom or on-site activities). These courses are identified by the “DL” (Distance Learning) designation.  > Online Learning Tips

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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

Online curriculum

What are the course requirements? > Course requirements with online courses (pdf)

For more information on courses > Curriculum and Courses portal

On-Site Course Requirement

One required course, Plant Disease Diagnosis, is a hands-on field and laboratory class and requires students to come visit either the main campus in Columbus or Wooster.  This provides students in the online option the opportunity to meet many of the faculty face-to-face, plan for their independent study experience and is a great setting for experiental learning.  We are working to provide a distance option for this course as well.  More info >

To Apply

The application process for this graduate program is the same for both the on-campus and online version of the MPHM program.  The requirements are a B.S. or B.A. (baccalaureate) degree and one year of biology or chemistry.

Students should apply to Master in Plant Health Management (Online subplan) > How to Apply


Tuition/Fees for MPHM-Online

For more information > Office of Distance Education and e-Learning


Distance learners pay the in-state tuition rate for ONLINE courses*

All students (resident, nonresident, international) enrolled exclusively in MPHM-Online and taking Distance Learning (DL) courses will be assessed in-state tuition rate.

Estimated Tuition/Fees Per Semester (2014-2015 academic year); Instructional and General Fees; FAES Learning Technology Fee


Site-based Columbus fees such as the COTA Fee, Recreation Center Fee, Ohio Union Fee, Student Activity Fee are not assessed to online students if enrolled in online classes


Distance Education surcharge

The estimated costs include a $100/term distance education surcharge for Ohio residents or $105/term for non-residents (including international students) for classes with the Distance Education (DL) designation.


*Important note: MPHM-Online students should be aware that if you enroll in any regular or “hybrid” (regular courses that also have a significant distance education component but are not exclusively distance education) courses, all applicable regular fees (instructional, general, student activity fee, recreational fee, student union facility fee, and COTA bus service fee), and non-resident fees (if applicable) will be assessed.  This is particularly important for non-Ohio and international students, as there is a considerable cost difference.

For more information, contact Sarah Williams (E-mail: