Current Student Information

Graduate Handbook
It is the responsibility of the student to observe all regulations and procedures required by the program he/she is pursuing. The Graduate Catalog is the ultimate authority on regulations and procedures: Graduate Catalog/Regulations & Procedures.

Ignorance of a rule does not constitute a basis for waiving that rule. Much of the content for the DPM Handbook is modified from existing University of Florida policies. Please review the DPM Program Student Handbook.

Please read and sign the Student Agreement Form.

Please review the Guidelines for DPM Program Dismissal.

The following forms are referenced in the DPM Graduate Handbook and for students currently enrolled in the DPM Program. Please contact the DPM Director Amanda Hodges or the DPM Academic Advisor Elena Alyanaya for further questions.

Written Exam Information

Each DPM student is advised to complete his/her written competency area exam upon completion of core coursework. Current exam information is available here.


Students are assessed on an annual basis regarding their discipline knowledge (plant, soil, and weed science; entomology, nematology; and plant pathology), critical thinking skills, and professional behavior.  Student assessments are maintained by the program as part of the academic assessment plan.  A student’s supervisory committee chair is responsible for providing a summary of the committee’s feedback to the student for professional development purposes. Students not meeting the pass criteria for the exam are subject to potential dismissal.
Annual DPM Graduate Student Evaluation

As DPM students have completed written exams and other course requirements, a final oral exam is required.  Each student’s supervisory committee is responsible for completing the final oral exam assessment rubric.
Final DPM Oral Exam Assessment

DPM students and other eligible applicants may complete the Graduate Certificate in Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management. In addition to completing the course criteria listed below, applicants must complete an assessment prior to receiving the Graduate Certificate.

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