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Master's
in Agriculture:
Plant Health
Management

Washington State University’s Plant Health Management master’s option combines WSU’s world-renowned plant science graduate programs with business courses in executive management.

Graduates will be qualified to manage commercial-scale agricultural operations and address problems associated with plant pathogens, insects and weeds, as well as environmental factors that affect plant health.

Courses include entomology, plant pathology, crop and soil science, along with training in economics and organizational management. All courses are online and taught by WSU’s internationally recognized professors.

More information is on the Master's in Agriculture website.

Why WSU?

  • WSU has a rich history of excellence in agricultural education. Our scientists and graduates have literally changed the world by improving the food supply.
  • No thesis is required. Instead, you may choose an internship or special project that lets you tailor your education to your career goals.
  • Regional students can augment their education with face-to-face learning at WSU four research centers, and network with allied area employers.
  • You will have the same diploma as an on-campus student—a diploma backed by century-long reputation for excellence.
  • When you graduate, you will join a global network of proud WSU alumni.

Get Started

Application requirements include a bachelor's degree in a related area, such as agriculture, biology, entomology or plant pathology, with a 3.0 or better GPA. No GRE is required. Access the admission application on the WSU Graduate School Admissions webpage. Please be advised that the graduate school application deadlines may differ from those for this degree.

Program of Study
The degree requires 30 credits minimum (26 graded credits, and 4 research credits). All courses are available online.
  • Master's of Agriculture Core Courses
    (6 credits)
    • AGRI 587, Research and Extension in Agriculture (3 credits)
    • STAT 412, Statistical Methods in Research I (3 credits)
  • Plant Health Courses
    (9 credits minimum)
    • PL_P 501, Biology and Control of Plant Diseases (3 credits)
    • SOIL_SCI 547, Soil Fertility Management (3 credits)
    • IPM 552, Pesticides and the Environment (3 credits)
    • ENTOM 555, Agricultural Chemical Technology for Crop Protection & Production (3 credits)
    • CROP_SCI 512, Weed Management (2 credits)
  • Management Courses
    (6 credits minimum)

    With prior approval of Program Director, other applicable management courses may be considered.
    • ECONS 505, Economics of Agricultural Decision Making (3 credits)
    • E_M 501, Management of Organizations (3 credits)
    • E_M 522, Supervision and Leadership (3 credits)
    • E_M 564, Project Management (3 credits)
    • PHIL 530, Bioethics (2 credits)
  • Supporting Coursework
    (0-6 credits)
    • ENTOM 351, Ecological and Integrated Pest Management
      (3 credits)
    • SOIL_SCI 441, Soil Fertility (3 credits)
  • Research Credits
    (4 credits minimum)
    • AGRI 702, Master's Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination. A minimum of four credits are required; you must be enrolled in 2 credits of 702 in the term of your final exam. Project and examination requirements are explained in detail in the MSAG Student Handbook.


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