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Agriculture and Life Sciences M.P.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

Program Description

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Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology are the study of plant diseases and the biology of plant-microbe interactions at the molecular to ecosystem levels of organization. The Field of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell offers graduate degree programs in plant pathology and the biology, genetics and evolution of fungi and oomycetes. To reflect the diversity of academic interests and activities, the Field is organized into three program areas:


  • Plant Pathology (including the concentrations Ecological and Environmental Plant Pathology and Plant Disease Epidemiology)
  • Plant-Microbe Biology
  • Fungal and Oomycete Biology

Faculty and graduate students in plant pathology are located in two locations in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: the main campus in Ithaca, NY, and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, approximately 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Ithaca.


The M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences) program has a Peace Corps option in which the student undertakes two semesters of academic work at Cornell and a Peace Corp assignment. For information and instructions on how to apply, visit the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences)/Peace Corps Web site, or contact International Programs, 33 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; phone 607-255-3037; e-mail



Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-3245

334 Plant Science Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • fungal and oomycete biology
  • plant pathology
  • plant-microbe biology



Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Feb. 15: applications received after the application deadline will be considered if space is available; spring admission is discouraged, check with Field

Requirements Summary:

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL or IELTS Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations (must be on business letterhead and signed)
  • GRE general test
  • GRE subject test in biology advised, but not required