Plant Protection

2014-15 Tuition

$29,530

Application deadlines

Fall, April 1

Requirements summary

  • 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)

Degrees

  • M.P.S.

Subjects

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences (M.P.S.)

Major concentrations

  • 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 mpsag_peacecorps@cornell.edu.

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.

Application:
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.

Arthur Agnello (Geneva) -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: fruit insects
Robin Bellinder -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: vegetable crop weeds
Gary Bergstrom -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: field crop diseases
Helene Dillard (Geneva) -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: vegetable crop diseases
William Fry -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: plant disease epidemiology
Russell Hahn -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: field crop weeds
Michael Hoffmann -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: vegetable crop insects
George Hudler -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: tree and shrub diseases
John Losey -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: IPM; biological control; agroecology; transgenic crops
Jane Mt Pleasant -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: applied weed management
Brian Nault (Geneva) -- Concentrations: Research interests: plant protection; applied entomology; insect ecology; integrated pest management
Eric Nelson -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: turfgrass diseases; biological control
Jan Nyrop (Geneva) -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: biological control; systems modeling; sampling and decision theory
William Reissig (Geneva) -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: IPM; international agriculture; insecticide resistance; management of arthropod pests of apple and pear
John Sanderson -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: greenhouse floral crop arthropods
Robert Seem (Geneva) -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: fruit and vegetable crop diseases
Anthony Shelton (Geneva) -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: vegetable crop insects
Elson Shields -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: field crop insects
Christine Smart (Geneva) -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: vegetable crop diseases
Wayne Wilcox (Geneva) -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: fruit crop diseases
Thomas Zitter -- Concentrations: plant protection; Research interests: vegetable crop diseases

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Gerald White -- Concentrations: Research interests: plant protection economics

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:

  1. Understand the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for the distinct disciplines of entomology, plant pathology, and weed science.
  2. 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.
  3. Be able to monitor pest populations and weather and integrate this information into management decisions throughout the growing season.
  4. Be knowledgeable about the pest complex in a variety of agricultural crops.
  5. Be able to convey pest management information to growers and advise them in making management decisions for different crops on their farms.

Learn more about the assessment plan for the graduate field of plant protection.