Application deadlinesFall, April 1
- all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
- three recommendations
- GRE general test for U.S. citizens (advised for non-U.S. citizens)
- Agriculture and Life Sciences (M.P.S.)
- plant protection
The Master of Professional Studies in Agriculture program is sufficiently flexible to accommodate varying career objectives as well as interests in a wide range of crops. The program provides broad academic preparation and practical training for professional plant protection consultants and other technical personnel in agriculture. Less emphasis is placed on research in the M.P.S. program than in traditional M.S. or Ph.D. programs. In addition, the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences) program has a Peace Corp 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 website, or contact International Programs, 33 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; phone 607-255-3037; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A dominant concept in the curriculum is integrated pest management (IPM), an approach to pest control in which a crop and its pests are considered to be part of an ecosystem, and pest control strategies are based on a thorough understanding of that system. Students take courses in a variety of disciplines, including entomology, plant pathology, weed science, statistics, ecology, and farm business management.
The field requires a minimum of thirty credits, twenty-four of which must be for courses at the 400-level or above. Also required are an approved internship consisting of one growing season's experience in an extension pest-management program or equivalent, and a problem-solving project, a report of which must be submitted to the M.P.S.(Agriculture and Life Sciences) Committee. The internship requirement may be waived for candidates who have appropriate experience. On completion of those requirements, candidates take a final examination. The exam may be written, oral, or a combination of both, at the discretion of the Special Committee.
Applicants are expected to have a strong background in basic biological and physical sciences and substantial preparation in agricultural and plant protection subjects. Submission of GRE general test scores is required for applicants from the United States and advised for all other applicants. International applicants must submit TOEFL scores.
The field encourages applications from graduates of agricultural programs who have been working for several years, as well as from students just completing the bachelor's degree.
Graduate School Professors (emeritus)
ASSESSMENT REPORT FOR MPS IN PLANT PROTECTION OF AGRICULTURAL CROPS
Goals for Student Learning
When students complete the MPS Plant Protection Program they should be able to:
- Understand the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for the distinct disciplines of entomology, plant pathology, and weed science.
- Design and employ pest control strategies based on a thorough understanding of a crop as part of an ecosystem and management of pest populations to keep them below economically acceptable limits.
- Be able to monitor pest populations and weather and integrate this information into management decisions throughout the growing season.
- Be knowledgeable about the pest complex in a variety of agricultural crops.
- Be able to convey pest management information to growers and advise them in making management decisions for different crops on their farms.