Plant Protection and Pest Management (Entomology; MPPPM)
The Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management (MPPPM) is a professional master’s degree program between the Departments of Entomology, Crop and Soil Sciences, and Plant Pathology. The program is designed to produce graduates with comprehensive, multidisciplinary training in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of insect, plant disease, and weed pests of commercial and home commodities. MPPPM graduates are trained for employment as IPM professionals in the pest control industry, pesticide and fertilizer services, cooperative extension, and regulatory agencies. The goal of the MPPPM program is to train students to be proficient in solving the types of pest management problems routinely encountered by growers and other agricultural professionals, as well as urban pest control. IPM using a blend of pest control strategies including pesticides, transgenic crops, cultural operations, and biological control is stressed in class work. The MPPPM program is not a research-oriented degree, but graduates have successfully pursued Ph.D. degrees related to IPM. There is no thesis requirement in MPPPM, but an IPM-oriented internship is part of the program of study.
The Department of Entomology, in conjunction with the Departments of Crop and Soil Sciences and Plant Pathology, offers graduate work leading to the professional MPPPM (Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management) degree. The MPPPM is a non-thesis degree requiring specified graduate level course work in integrated pest management with an IPM-oriented internship. MPPPM graduates are trained for employment as IPM professionals in the pest control industry, pesticide and fertilizer services, cooperative extension, and regulatory agencies.