Curriculum Overview

Overview of Requirements

1. Courses

MPHM Curriculum sheet (pdf)

2. Project

Independent project or internship in the student’s area of interest.  Projects may be with industry, government agencies, non-profit organizations, or with faculty in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
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3. Master's Examination

The examination has written (2 hours) and oral (2 hours) examination components, and is administered by the student's advisory committee as a test of the the student's mastery of the field, must be satisfactorily completed in the final semester.

> Graduate School Master's Degree Requirements

Details on policies, rules and guidelines are available in Ohio State's > Graduate School Handbook

Time to Completion

Full-time students may complete the MPHM degree in 1.5 years (excluding summers), but the program is designed to be pursued part-time and may be completed in 2-3 years.  Many of the internships or individual projects are best suited for initiation and completion during the summer months.

Courses are offered by in-person instruction and distance education options, including video-link between the Columbus and Wooster campuses of The Ohio State University.  The core curriculum and several electives are offered as online classes.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university by the expected date of entry, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) or the equivalent on another grading system on all previous undergraduate and graduate work.

  • The GRE is not required.  However applicants with a GPA below 3.0/4.0 in last degree earned should contact Monica Lewandowski ( for guidance on low GPA applications.

  • All majors are eligible.  Applicants to the MPHM program should have a college-level biology, plant biology, microbiology or chemistry course.

  • Applicants whose native language is not English, must submit a recent, official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or other approved proficiency test (IELTS, MELAB).  Specific requirements can be found on the Graduate and Professional Admissions website: English Proficiency Requirements
    Applicants who wish to be considered for university fellowships should follow fellowship deadlines

Learning Goals for the MPHM Program

  • Understand the adverse effects of pathogens, insects and other pests influencing plant health;
  • Learn how to synthesize information to study and assess a plant health management issue;
  • Learn how to evaluate plant health management strategies in agricultural, urban, and natural ecosystems using current informational resources.


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