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Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management (MPPPM)

MPPPM Coordinator

David Riley
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Entomology

MPPPM Coordinating Committee

Athens Campus   Tifton Campus
Dan Horton
Department of Entomology
Tim Grey
Department of Crop & Soil Sciences
Bill Vencill
Department of Crop & Soil Sciences
Bob Kemerait
Department of Plant Pathology
Jim Noe
Department of Plant Pathology
Alton Sparks, Jr.
Department of Entomology


The Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management (MPPPM) is a professional masters 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 agricultural, 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 classwork. 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.


Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. A minimum combined GRE score of 850, a 3.0 grade point average (out of 4.0), and three letters of reference are required for admission to the MPPPM program. Students must include a statement concerning the area of pest management they are interested in. Final decisions on admittance will be made by the MPPPM coordinating committee. Each student will have a home department (Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology, or Plant Pathology) designated at the time of admittance. Following notification of acceptance into the MPPPM program by the Graduate School, the applicant needs to contact the MPPPM graduate coordinator, David Langston (, for initial advisement and assignment of a major advisor.

Advisory Committee

The MPPPM coordinating committee is advisory to students. Each student is assigned a major advisor whose academic credentials conform to Graduate School requirements for faculty advisors. The major advisor and student will develop a program of study and internship. An internship report by the student needs to be approved by the MPPPM coordinating committee prior to taking a final comprehensive exam over the program of study.

Core Curriculum

Area Credits
Area I
All are required courses:
CRSS 6340 Weed Science (3)*
CRSS 6340L Weed Science Lab (1)
ENTO 6000 General Entomology (4)*
ENTO/CRSS/PATH 6740 Integrated Pest Management (3)
ENTO/CRSS/PATH 6250 Pesticides and Transgenic Crops (3)
PATH 6280 Diagnosis and Management of Plant Diseases (4)*
Area II
Select at least one 2- to 4-credit course from each of the three MPPPM departments.
Area III
Electives: Select any graduate course related to pest management in the student's area of interest.
Internship 1
Total 35

* If a student has had the 400-level equivalent of CRSS 6340, ENTO 6000, or PATH 6280, then a subsituted course must be selected from the same MPPPM department.


Since the MPPPM program is a professional degree, an internship is required instead of research for a thesis. The internship is designed to strengthen a student's background in integrated pest management and to provide practical experience, such as with a research scientist, pesticide company, or the Cooperative Extension Service. Prior to the internship, the student will meet with the major professor and discuss such things as the general mission of the employer, nature of anticipated work, and goals of the institution related to integrated pest management. These and other types of information will need to be collected during the internship for inclusion in a written report. If possible, the student and major professor should meet 4 to 6 weeks after initiation of employment and evaluate the student's progress. It may be desirable to alter the original goals and to be observant for different integrated pest management principles during the remainder of the internship.

An internship report is required and should be reasonably concise, substantial in character, and reflective of biological principles related to integrated pest management. The report should demonstrate to the MPPPM coordinating committee that the student understands basic and practical implications of integrated pest management and has the ability to: (i) organize information in a clear manner, (ii) produce a professionally useful and technically acceptable report (supervisor can verify that privileged information is being used properly), and (iii) present material in a well-structured form, written in acceptable English. The report should include:

  1. Title: The title should be descriptive of the nature of the work.
  2. Title page: This should include title, name of student, previous academic degree(s), date of internship, name of employer, name of supervisor, degree program.
  3. Approval page: Signatures of all members of the MPPPM coordinating committee and internship supervisor(s).
  4. Table of contents
  5. Introduction: This section should cover two important points: (i) a description of the employer, its mission, and how its mission relates to integrated pest management, and (ii) the anticipated goals of the student (it may be desirable to prepare an initial draft of this).
  6. Description of work: Details should be presented concerning the nature of day-to-day activities and various procedures used during the internship.
  7. Results: Factual information (data) of accomplishments and "failures" should be presented in this section. The information may be either, or both, objective or subjective, and it may be presented in the text, tables, and/or figures.
  8. Discussion: The Results information should be evaluated, interpreted, and discussed. The discussion should demonstrate independent thinking and an understanding of principles of integrated pest management. Although not required, references may be used to support conclusions.
  9. Summary: In this optional section, the internship can be evaluated: how was it important, problems encountered, how could it be improved, etc.
  10. Literature cited (if needed): Cite pertinent references.
  11. Appendix: Include information that is not suitable for the Results section.

The report will be typed on 8.5" x 11" paper. The margins and page numbers should correspond to the Graduate School requirements for theses and dissertations. Section headings, tables, and figures should follow the guidelines set forth by a discipline journal. The length of the report should be commensurate with the internship; the number of pages is not very significant, but the report(s) should be representative of the nature and variety of activities performed.

A grade of "I" (incomplete) will be assigned to the Internship until the MPPPM cordinating committee has approved the internship report. Furthermore, students should be expected to complete the report during the semester following the internship semester.

Students on academic probation may not enroll for an internship.

Final Examination Procedure

The Master Degree of Plant Protection and Pest Management Program (MPPPM) has a final examination requirement of all students. The purpose of the examination is to measure education capabilities that encompass the entire program of the student. The examination consists of a written exam that is taken after all courses have been completed and will be administered by the student's advisor. The written exam will cover specific information and general concepts learned during the overall graduate program, including prerequisites, and core courses in area I. The student must have the internship report approved before taking the final exam to complete requirements for graduation.

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