Online Master in Plant Health Management

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Advance your career and become a leading expert in plant science.

Ohio State's online Master in Plant Health Management (MPHM) degree prepares students and working professionals who wish to become experts in plant health and plant pathology for advancement or a career change.

By connecting with leading experts in plant health management, students will engage in practical plant health training and agricultural science while learning business skills needed in today's industries. There is a broad selection of courses to choose from including plant pathology and disease, botany, soil science, agribusiness, and more.

The flexibility of this online plant science degree program is well-suited for working professionals and non-traditional students alike.

What can you do with this online plant science degree? 

Graduates of the online Master in Plant Health Management program bring a specialized and competitive skill set that opens several career paths in sustainable crop production, urban agriculture, food production, and more. 

The importance of plant science and plant health is becoming increasingly apparent, and this master's degree was developed to help professionals meet this growing demand and become leaders in the industry. 

Campus Requirements: This program is offered 100% online, but students can choose to participate in classes offered on campus, depending on availability.

Class Format: Some classes are offered in a synchronous format, meaning you have a scheduled date and time you must log in to attend, but these sessions are not required.

Credit Hours Required: 35  

Cost Per Credit Hour: $812.07 (includes instructional and general fees). See the full cost breakdown here.

Admission Requirements: Earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. All majors are eligible, but applicants should have completed a college-level biology, plant biology, microbiology, or chemistry course.

Time to Completion: 2.5 years

Randall Moore
Randall Moores
Owner, Moores Heritage Farm
"My ultimate goal for the Master in Plant Health Management is to better manage my family farm."

Sample Courses


Plant Disease Management

Theory and practice of plant disease management; emphasis on integration of cultural, biological, chemical methods and plant disease resistance.

Pesticide Science

Exploration of pesticide toxicology and practical use; modes of action in target organisms, regulations, application methods, environmental fate, resistance management, and use in integrated pest management programs.
HCS 5422

Principles of Weed Ecology and Management

A study of weed biology and ecology, and methods of vegetation management.
HCS 5887

Introduction to Experimental Design

Students will gain an introduction to effective research techniques, focusing on correct experimental design, including i) selection and arrangement of experimental units, ii) data analysis, and iii) interpretation of software output.

Featured Faculty

David Shetlar
Professor, Entomology
Anne Dorrance
Professor, Plant Pathology and MPHM co-chair
Luis Cañas
Associate Professor, Entomology and MPHM co-chair

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