The MPPPM, incorporating coursework from plant pathology, entomology, and weed science, is an interdisciplinary non-thesis degree program that produces graduates with the academic and technical skills to develop integrated plant protection systems for rural and urban enviro

The Master’s of Plant Protection and Pest Management (MPPPM) is a professional, non-thesis degree program in plant protection, designed to produce graduates with a comprehensive academic background in plant pathology, entomology, weed science and crop fertility. The program is offered jointly by the Departments of Plant Pathology, Crop and Soil Sciences, and Entomology at the University of Georgia’s Athens, Tifton, and Griffin campuses. The overall goal of the MPPPM is to help students acquire the academic and technical skills to develop integrated plant protection systems for rural and urban environments. The program can be completed within one year + one semester of full-time study, and is also part of several Double Dawg 4 + 1 programs.

The specific objectives of the MPPPM program are:
• To produce graduates with comprehensive, interdisciplinary training in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of insect, plant disease, and weed pests of agricultural, commercial, and home commodities.
• 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.
• To teach IPM using a blend of pest control strategies including pesticides, transgenic crops, cultural operations, and biological control.

MPPPM graduates are well-positioned for employment as IPM professionals in the private and public sectors including agricultural service companies, the pest control industry, private consulting, cooperative extension, and regulatory agencies.

About the Department of Plant Pathology: As one of the largest departments of plant pathology in the United States, we are recognized internationally for our comprehensive and integrative research and outreach portfolio, spanning basic, translational and applied programs. Our scientists ensure the economic viability of agriculture, the largest sector of Georgia’s economy, and contribute to national and global food security through reduction in crop losses. Equally important, our research increases the understanding of basic biology through new discoveries in pathogen biology, resistance genetics and host-pathogen interactions.


Degree Awarded: MPPPM

Degree Code: MPPPM_PPPM

School/College: College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

102 Conner Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7501


Academic Department: Plant Pathology

2105 Miller Plant Sciences, 120 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602

Graduate Coordinator: Jean Williams-Woodward


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