Graduate Study Overview

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    Emily Laabs
Emily Laabs
Graduate Program Manager
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Why Choose Our Department for Graduate Study?


The Department of Plant Pathology has graduated over 650 students with advanced degrees, more than from any other Plant Pathology department in the U.S.


Our graduates come from over 40 countries. Graduate students studying with faculty in Plant Pathology have also received advanced degrees in Agronomy, Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Biometry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Environmental Studies, Genetics, Microbiology and Plant Breeding and Genetics.

This diverse group of students contributes to the multidisciplinary approach to research in the department, which is frequently essential to solving important biological and agricultural problems.

Our Degrees

MS Degrees

The MS degree may serve as a terminal degree or it may be recommended as an interim degree for students working toward the PhD.

PhD Degrees

The PhD is a research degree, which is granted on evidence of ability for independent investigation leading to original research in Plant Pathology.

How Long Does it Take?


  • MS – 2-2 years
  • PhD – 5-6 years

Areas of Concentration

Students are able to concentrate their studies in Plant Pathology in a number of different areas including:

  • Plant health and disease
  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Plant disease resistance
  • Conventional and organic plant disease management
  • Biological control and soil microbiology

Help Create a More Sustainable Future

Learn more about how Plant Pathology can help you impact the world around you:

Plant Pathology: Taking You Further than You Ever Imagined – from the American Phytopathological Society

Three Reasons to Choose UW-Madison for Graduate Study

1. Exceptional Academics

The tremendous breadth of academic programs at UW-Madison offers students a wide selection of supporting course work and interdisciplinary opportunities:

2. Excellence in Research

UW-Madison ranks as one of the most prolific research universities in the world, placing second among American public universities for research expenditures.

Dianiris Luciano-Rosario
Dianiris Luciano-Rosario, a plant pathology PhD student, inoculates apples in a lab at the Microbial Sciences Building. Photo by Michael P. King/UW–Madison CALS

3. Incredible Campus and Community

The campus rolls along Lake Mendota, with wooded hills and the busy city streets of downtown Madison. Madison is small enough to navigate easily, but with cultural resources and amenities that rival those of cities many times its size.

Additional Information

  • Overview – describes reasons to choose our department
  • Applications & Curriculum – application materials, deadlines, curriculum overview
  • Courses – list of when classes are scheduled to be held (Course Rotation Schedule), current list of Plant Pathology courses
  • Funding – links to info on stipends, international applicant financial info, and the Grad School’s list of external fellowships scholarships
  • Handbooks & Forms – MS and PhD handbooks; various MS and PhD academic forms
  • Grad Student Orgs – lists graduate student organizations in the department