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Plant Pathology

Department of Plant Pathology


Graduate Funding and FAQs

MS and PhD Plant Pathology graduate students may be supported by graduate research associateships or graduate fellowships, funded by the University, OARDC, grants, contracts and other sources (including foreign government and Fulbright scholarships).

All applicants are considered for funding.  There are no additional application materials necessary for funding consideration.  Most decisions regarding financial support are made between January and March for admission the following Autumn. Offers are made on a competitive basis. If you have questions, please contact Monica Lewandowski - or tel. (614) 247-6876 (EST).

Helpful Resources

General Funding information, Graduate School > Funding and Financial Aid Info

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the deadlines for graduate program application?

Ohio State's Plant Pathology Graduate Program accepts applications year-round on a rolling deadline.  However, most funding decisions are made in January-March for the following Autumn.

To ensure full consideration for funding in Autumn 2024:
International applications: Nov. 30, 2023 
Domestic applications: Dec. 15, 2023

For admission in terms other than Autumn, we adhere to Graduate Admissions deadlines
MS and PhD application deadlines are the same:

Contact Monica Lewandowski, Graduate Program Coordinator, for specific instructions.  E-mail:; tel. (614) 247-6876.

Do I need to contact a faculty advisor before applying?

No, the Plant Pathology Graduate Program does not require that you have a prospective advisor before applying.  However, you are welcome to contact indvidual faculty to inquire about opportunities > Faculty Research Areas

What if my reference letters, English proficiencey scores, or transcripts arrive after the deadline?

We will accept application materials received after the deadline, however, we cannot evaluate applications until all materials are received.  We can accept letters of recommendation if received after the deadline.

For international applicants, here are more details on English proficiency: 

What are important factors for admission?

A four-year baccalaureate or higher degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university is required prior to beginning graduate studies.

All application materials are reviewed by the Department of Plant Pathology to assess the applicant's interests and ability to pursue a graduate degree in plant pathology:

  • A strong academic record and ability to excel in graduate study
  • Research experience, skills, and/or relevant work experience, as described in the Statement of Intent and curriculum vita/resume
  • Motivation and career interests, as described in the Statement of Intent  (Why plant pathology? Why Ohio State?)
  • Letters of recommendation, from references familiar with your qualifications and potential for graduate study

No specific majors or courses are required to apply.  In general, we assess the "total package."  We also try to determine whether an applicant's areas of interest can be matched to one or more faculty programs in our department.  More information can be found in our Application Procedures.

Where do I send ETS, English Profiency test or TOEFL scores?

The testing agency must report TOEFL scores directly to The Ohio State University (ETS institution code #1592).  Photocopies are not considered official scores

Is the GRE required?

The GRE is not required by the Plant Pathology Graduate Program (the GRE may be required by other graduate programs at Ohio State, however).  The Department of Plant Pathology does not have a department code and does not require a subject test.  If you wish to send GRE scores to Ohio State, the ETS institution code is #1592.

Where should the letters of recommendation be sent?

The Plant Pathology Graduate Program accepts letters submitted online through the Graduate and Professional Admissions website (applicants provide e-mail addresses for the recommenders in the online application).

If necessary, paper copies written on recommenders' original letterhead stationery may be mailed to the Department of Plant Pathology. We can accept letters received shortly after deadlines, however we cannot evaluate applications until all materials are received. 

For paper submission of letters, applicants should also send the pdf Reference Form to the recommender:

The Reference Form and the recommender's letter, on letterhead stationery, should be mailed to:
Ohio State Plant Pathology Graduate Program
201 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd
Columbus OH  43210  USA

I have questions about filling out the application.

Here are some helpful resources for questions regarding the application process:
Graduate Admissions Office:

How can I find out about the status of my application?

Applicants can check the status of their application online:

For further information, contact the Department of Plant Pathology

Monica Lewandowski
Tel. (614) 247-6876; E-mail: