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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Admission criteria, course requirements and thesis information for the Ph.D. in Soil Science.

The objective of the Ph.D. degree is to accomplish original, valid, and important research. Since the degree is the training ground for a career in academic teaching and scholarly research, the Ph.D. candidate must demonstrate the ability to do independent research.

To earn the Ph.D., the candidate will:

  1. satisfy the Graduate School residence requirements,
  2. complete the coursework approved by the advisory committee,
  3. accomplish the required research and prepare a thesis embodying the research findings, and
  4. pass the examinations and complete the requirements prescribed by the Graduate Program and Graduate School.

Full acceptance into the Ph.D. program requires that the Candidacy Examination be passed.

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

Admission to the doctoral program in Soil Science is based on a careful evaluation of an applicant's potential to successfully complete the degree program.