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 our Academic Programs Coordinator, Monica Lewandowski - or tel. (614) 247-6876 (EST).

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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 and fellowship opportunities for Autumn 2015, international applicants should apply by Dec. 1, 2014. Domestic applicants should apply by Dec. 15, 2014.

For admission in terms other than Autumn, we adhere to Graduate Admissions deadlines but contact Monica Lewandowski in Academic Programs 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, GRE or TOEFL scores, and/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.  It is most important that transcripts are sent to the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office by Nov. 30, 2015 for international applicants, and Dec.14, 2015 for domestic applicants to ensure full consideration for funding for Autumn 2016.  This is because the Graduate Admissions Office receives thousands of transcripts close to deadline dates and it may take several days to a few weeks for processing.

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, and in the Graduate School's Application Instructions.

Where do I send Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and/or TOEFL scores?

The testing agency must report GRE (General Test) and TOEFL scores directly to The Ohio State University (ETS institution code #1592).  Photocopies are not considered official scores.  The Department of Plant Pathology does not have a department code and does not require a subject test.

Does the Plant Pathology Graduate Program have a minimum GRE requirement?

The Plant Pathology Graduate Program (MS and PhD) requires GRE General Test scores as part of the application process. As a guideline, the Department of Plant Pathology desires Quantitative and Verbal scores in the 60-61st percentile, and 4.0 or greater on the Analytical Writing portion. This is a guideline but not an absolute minimum score requirement for admission to our program.

Where should the letters of recommendation be sent?

The Plant Pathology Graduate Program accepts letters submitted online through the Graduate Admissions website (applicants provide e-mail addresses for the recommenders in the online application), OR paper copies written on recommenders' original letterhead stationery may be mailed to the Department of Plant Pathology (address below).  We can accept letters received shortly after deadlines, however we cannot evaluate applications until all materials are received.

Paper copies should be accompanied by completed Ohio State Reference Forms.  Pdf file >

Mailling address:
Plant Pathology Graduate Program
The Ohio State University
2021 Coffey Road
201 Kottman Hall
Columbus, OH 43210  USA

Tel. (614) 292-1375

I have questions about filling out the application.

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

Graduate School's Application Instructions (pdf)
Graduate Admissions Office Frequently Asked Questions

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, Academic Program Coordinator
Tel. (614) 247-6876; E-mail:

Office: The Ohio State University, Kottman Hall 246A, Columbus, Ohio