The professional Master in Plant Health Management (MPHM) degree, developed by Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), has become the first graduate program at the university to achieve affiliation in the National Professional Science Master's Association. Visit MPHM website.
The first of its kind at Ohio State, the degree is a joint effort of the departments of plant pathology and entomology whose aim is to provide hands-on training that includes both technical and professional aspects of plant health management, as the need for qualified individuals in the field increases.
Is the Master's in Plant Health Management (MPHM) the right degree for you? It largely depends on your career goals. The MPHM program is specifically geared for working professionals and students seeking advanced training in plant health management for a variety of careers. The MPHM program integrates training and coursework in business, communications and education - core skills desired by employers.
The MPHM degree is a terminal degree and should not be considered a stepping stone to a PhD program. MPHM course requirements can be completed in 1-1.5 years (excluding summers), but it is designed to be pursued part-time. Learn more about this exciting new program here.
If you are interested in working in research and/or higher education (research technician, university faculty, college-level educator, e.g.), the MS and PhD graduate degree programs are recommended. If your career goal is to direct a research program in academia or the private sector, or become a university faculty member and teach and/or conduct research, you will likely want to ultimately pursue a PhD. Approximate time for an MS degree is 2.5 years and the PhD is 5+ years.