The Master of Science program in plant and soil sciences offers a diverse range of
learning opportunities that focus on understanding and proficiency in the principles
of agronomic research. In consultation with their advisory committee, students will
develop a plan for research and coursework that will expose them to topics and experiences
from molecular techniques in a lab to applied, field-based research on a cooperating
Through their research and coursework, students will explore opportunities the department
offers to pursue their own interests and make professional connections while building
a solid foundation for a successful future.
The Master of Science degree in plant and soil sciences requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work, including six credit hours of PLNT or SOIL 5000 (Master’s Thesis).
Through coursework and research, students pursuing a Master of Science in plant and
soil sciences will gain technical knowledge and experience in the field that enhances
their professional skills. Students can specialize in one of the following areas:
Prospective students must meet the general requirements for admission to the OSU Graduate College. The departmental graduate coordinator and faculty in an applicant's area of interest
will review applications and make recommendations to the department head relative
to the qualifications of individual applicants. Qualified applicants must be accepted
by a departmental advisor prior to being considered for official admission to the
university. The department head recommends acceptance or rejection of individual applicants
to the Dean of the Graduate College.
Cost and Assistance
Many students help finance graduate education through part-time, paid employment as
a graduate assistant. As a graduate assistant, you can expand and apply your knowledge
and skills under the supervision of faculty or staff.
Graduate Research (GRA) and Teaching Assistantships (GTA) in the OSU Department of Plant and Soil Sciences are awarded on a competitive basis. Wherever possible, students with the best academic
record and greatest potential for graduate study are given highest priority for assistantship
support in any specific research discipline.