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Plant Pathology (Graduate)

Conduct vital research on problems in the fields of plant pathology within world-class laboratories and in the field.

Plant Pathology – Master of Science (M.S.)

In the graduate program for Plant Pathology at Montana State, candidates investigate major problems in plant pathology within MSU’s state of the art agricultural facilities. Sample research projects include, but are not limited to, soil-borne diseases in cereals, the genetic root of disease resistance in field crops, cereal leaf spots, viral diseases inherent in cereals and potatoes, bacterial diseases in plants, and the biochemistry and molecular genetics of general plant diseases. Not only does this research apply to making a healthier and more robust food supply, but the research also seeks to develop new technology to manage crop pests. 




Bernard Nyamesorto, a doctoral student from Ghana in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, recently won the graduate research competition at the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative technical workshop for his research in rust-resistant wheat.



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Carnegie Classified
The prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education® ranks Montana State University among the top five public, four-year universities for Very High Research Activity with a STEM-dominant research doctoral program.

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World Class Facilities
At Montana State’s Schutter Diagnostics Lab, researchers explore solutions to sustain the health of crops across the state and around the world.

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Adventure Awaits
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Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology department and Graduate School offer includes:

Within the Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology department, many graduate research assistantships are available. Some of the GRA research sources include state, farm commodity groups and federal grants. To learn more, reach out to any of the Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology faculty and staff.


Research in the Plant Science & Plant Pathology department includes access and resources from the following laboratories:

  • Plant Biosciences Building
  • Schutter Diagnostic Lab
  • Plant Growth Center
  • Post Research Farm
  • Marsh Lab




Admissions Requirements

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Plant Pathology program is not different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the Plant Pathology program. This includes any additional deadlines that the College of Agriculture may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.