The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology offers graduate programs leading to M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees that prepare students for a variety of future employment opportunities. Our graduates are employed in both the public and private sector by local, state, national or international employers.

Professional opportunities exist in numerous fields including:

  • plant disease research and management    
  • plant physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology
  • plant genetics
  • marine and aquatic botany
  • plant ecology
  • botanical taxonomy, structure, evolution, biogeography
  • plant product monitoring, program administration, sales

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University, provides a special environment in which to pursue undergraduate or graduate training in plant biology. We are one of a small number of universities that maintain and foster a formal link between plant pathology and botany. Our departmental structure facilitates interdisciplinary research and training opportunities and makes it possible for students to address fundamental questions in plant biology as well as applying this knowledge to practical problems related to natural or commercial plant resources.

Admissions Requirements

Admit Term
  • Fall Term

Admission into the graduate program in terms other than Fall is unusual. Please contact the BPP Chair of Graduate Studies before submitting such an application.

Required Tests
  • GRE

All three subsections of the standard GRE (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical) are required. Relevant subject tests are not required, but are welcome.

English Language Requirements ?

English language requirements for international applicants to this program are the same as the standard Graduate School requirements.


Additional Requirements

Application requirements, including required documents, letters, and forms, vary by program and may not be completely represented here. The processing of your application will not be completed until these requirements have been met. Please, before applying to this program, always contact the program office to confirm application requirements.

See contact information above.

Application Process

Please review the graduate school application process and Apply Online.

Letters of reference should arrive by December 15.

Please be sure to read the full admissions process discussion at the Departmental website. Discussion of potential faculty mentors for an applicant's thesis research project in the applicant's Statement is required. Although not required, submitting a CV or résumé with your application is useful.

Dates & Deadlines ?

Admissions Deadline for all applicants
December 01

for the following fall

Funding Deadline for all applicants
December 01

for the following fall


Available Concentrations ?

  • applied systematics
  • systematics
  • ecology
  • genetics
  • genomics and computational biology
  • molecular and cellular biology
  • mycology
  • plant pathology
  • plant physiology

MAIS Participation

This program may serve as a primary, secondary, or third field of study in a MAIS degree.


AMP Participation ?

This program does not participate in the Accelerated Master's Platform (AMP)