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Masters of Science (M.S.)

Admission criteria, course requirements and thesis information for the M.S. in Soil Science.

This is a research-oriented degree for those who expect to terminate their education at graduation or to proceed for the Ph.D. degree. The M.S. or equivalent degree is the normal prerequisite for the Ph.D. program in the Soil Science Program.

Whether terminal or doctoral-oriented, the objectives of M.S. studies are:

  1. enhanced understanding of an area of science beyond the baccalaureate level
  2. attainment of scientific research skills

The M.S. candidates are just beginning their research careers and are expected to require considerable guidance in choosing and executing their thesis research projects. However, upon completion of the M.S., the students are expected to have developed the capacity for independent research.

In addition to the general requirements for the M. S. degree as defined by the Graduate School, the department requires six credits of 400- or 500-level formal courses in a minor or general studies area.

An advisory committee will be appointed for each student and additional courses and requirements may be determined by this committee. A thesis based on field or laboratory research is required for the M. S. degree.

All information can also be found in “Graduate Programs Handbook”.  Note: this is only available to current graduate students.

The Graduate School requirements and specific Department requirements are as follows. Students with a one-half time graduate assistantship must register for between 9-12 credits per semester to maintain fulltime status.