Plant Health

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • DPH in Plant Health (100 cr)

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Plant Health

Dr. Gary Hein

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279E Plant Science
Lincoln NE 68583-0933

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Plant Health

  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Resume/Curriculum Vita
  • Letter of intent/career goals

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Plant Health
  • Rolling admissions, contact the program for more information.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


The Doctor of Plant Health (DPH) is a professional degree focused on educating high-level plant practitioners who are critical to the sustainability and security of future plant production systems. The DPH program emphasizes broad interdisciplinary education across all plant-related disciplines and incorporates practical training and experience. The program requires 100 graduate credit hours, plus the required internships. Unique aspects to this University of Nebraska–Lincoln program include:

  • Core curriculum provides significant depth across all major disciplines involved in plant health (agronomy/horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, soil science, weed science).
  • Experiential learning through internships provides unique opportunities to develop skills in managing integrated production systems and problem-solving by applying multidisciplinary skills to actual plant health problems.
  • Flexibility through elective credits and internships hone professional interests and bolster training credentials.
  • Comprehensive diagnostic training enables effective identification and management of all issues affecting plant health.
  • Enhancing capacity in leadership and various soft skills actively sought by employers.

As a Doctor of Plant Health, you will make a significant impact throughout your career by applying science to plant management systems while working to maximize the systems economic, environmental and social sustainability.

Courses and More

Faculty and research

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Gerard Adams

Plant Pathology

Roger Elmore


Richard Ferguson


Charles Francis


Roch Gaussoin


Loren Giesler

Plant Pathology

Tamra Jackson-Ziems

Plant Pathology

John Lindquist


Lance Meinke


Ellen Paparozzi


Anne Vidaver

Plant Pathology

Brian Wardlow

School of Natural Resources

Sam Wortman


Robert Wright


Gary Yuen

Plant Pathology

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For additional details check out the dept./program website: Plant Health.

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