Plant Pathology

Texas A&M University

24 months
779 USD/credit
779 USD/credit
278 USD/credit
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Plant Pathology offered by Texas A&M University is the science of plant health management that encompasses plant diseases, their nature, causal agents, host resistance, community ecology and interrelated phenomena.


Plant Pathology is a broad program at Texas A&M University with emphasis on both basic molecular biology and field application, and involves the scientific training of professional plant pathologists. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental and practical concepts associated with pathology and the conceptual schemes of fungal, bacterial, viral, nematological, mycoplasmal and physiogenic diseases, host plant resistance, and the role of environmental cues in plant health.

Department faculty research most aspects of plant pathology,  including:

  • physiology of parasitism,
  • plant-microbe interactions
  • genetics of PAMP-triggered immunity (PTI) and Effector-triggered immunity (ETI)
  • RNA silencing
  • genetics of pathogen variation and variability
  • genetics of host-pathogen-hyperparasite populations
  • ecology of soil-borne pathogens
  • etiology and epidemiology of plant disease
  • nematology
  • virology
  • biotechnology
  • phytotherapeutics
  • clinical phytopathology

Science changes continuously and it is critically important that scientists are able to grow and adapt to new technologies while incorporating the latest scientific “facts.” Our success is measured by how well our students develop the discipline, the self-confidence, and the ethical standards that are primarily responsible for their future success. The best way to teach this is by laboratory rotations, laboratory classes, seminar courses, field trips, and research experiences. Most of our student’s learning comes from primary literature and from personal interactions with professors, technical staff, and fellow students. PLPM is large enough to allow students to become exposed to all aspects of plant pathology and plant-microbiology while small enough to promote close interaction between students and faculty.

Our Mission

Conduct leading edge research on plant diseases and plant-microbe interactions that directly and indirectly impact: Our ability to feed the world; Human and animal health; Environmental stewardship and sustainability. Educate and prepare leaders in the STEM fields of plant and environmental health through a creative and challenging educational environment that integrates scholarship, fundamental knowledge, and experiential learning. Convey information relevant to society through effective outreach and services that address plant health, food safety and environmental health to the citizens of Texas, the United States and the World.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Plant Pathology
  • Advanced Plant Pathology Laboratory
  • Methods in Molecular Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Bacterial Pathogenesis
  • Signaling and Resistance
  • Bioinformatics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology considers the following student information, each with roughly equal weight, for graduate admission decisions:

  • Professional Statement of purpose and career goals
  • Quality of Letters of Recommendation
  • Leadership and Life Experience
  • Quality and Depth of Research and/or Teaching Experience
  • Academic Performance as an Undergraduate. Typically the minimum Grade Point Average for consideration is 2.5.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Performance.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    779 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 779 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    779 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 779 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    278 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 278 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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