60 months
33600 USD/year
33600 USD/year
13400 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Plant Pathology program from University of Arizona provides broad training in the microbial sciences through core and elective coursework and in-depth research training opportunities in molecular, genetic, genomic, and ecological aspects of microbes, including free-living and plant-associated fungi, bacteria, and viruses.

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Key Features

New PhD students have the opportunity to rotate through three labs, to gain experience with the scientific questions and techniques employed in each. Following the selection of a permanent lab and a Major Advisor, students deepen their expertise in that lab's research area through participation in all aspects of the research endeavor, including generating novel hypotheses, writing proposals, mentoring undergraduate assistants, developing and executing tests and assays, and participating in lab discussions. With guidance from the Major Advisor, students then develop and execute their own novel research projects and disseminate their results through scientific publications.

Core coursework is minimal and includes cross-training in basic plant science, to ensure a solid foundation in plant responses to microbial interactions. Elective coursework, chosen in consultation with the student’s advisors, deepens expertise in areas related to the intended direction within plant microbial research.

The Plant Pathology program from University of Arizona prepares graduates for research and leadership careers in, for example, federal and state agencies involved in food safety, industry pursuits of crop improvement through microbiome manipulation, academic institutions with foci on basic and applied microbial sciences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Plant Biology
  • Principles of Plant Microbiology
  • Directed Research
  • Applied Biostatistics 
  • Metagenomics 
  • Spatio-Temporal Ecology
  • Functional and Evolutionary Genomics
  • Phylogenetic Biology 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


63 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  •   A letter describing the applicant’s background, previous experience, and research interests (Statement of Purpose). It is very important to contact potential mentors (faculty members in SPLS) before applying. In doing so, the applicant should ask whether the faculty member will take students on this admission cycle, and whether they have funding to support a student. Please indicate that you have contacted these faculty members, and indicate the nature of their responses, in your letter/statement of purpose.  Applications will not be considered with priority unless it is made clear that the applicant has interacted by email with proposed faculty mentors.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official Transcripts (click here for transcript requirements)
  • International students- Proof of English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33600 USD per year during 60 months.
  • National

    33600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33600 USD per year during 60 months.
  • In-State

    13400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13400 USD per year during 60 months.

Living costs for Tucson

830 - 1140 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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