The M.S. and Ph.D. programs are tailored to meet students' individual interests and needs, whether your career goals are teaching, research, or outreach in industry, government agencies or non-governmental organizations. Areas of study include plant physiology, cell biology, molecular genetics, molecular systematics, evolutionary ecology, population ecology, physiological ecology, community ecology, evolutionary development, and genomics. There are numerous related programs on campus that contribute to broad training in plant biology at OSU: Microbiology, Natural Resources Ecology & Management (NREM), Entomology & Plant Pathology, Environmental Sciences, Plant & Soil Sciences, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.
Some of our recent M.S. recipients are employed in high school teaching, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies; and many have successfully entered Ph.D. programs. Many of our Ph.D. graduates hold jobs in college and university teaching positions, while many hold research positions in academia, industry, and government agencies.