Curriculum Overview

Overview of Requirements

1. Courses

> MPHM Course Requirements (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.
> Project ideas

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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