The PhD in plant and soil sciences program at UMass Amherst allows you to work with top faculty at a renowned university known for its support of sustainable local, national, and global agriculture through research and education.

We offer expertise in the full spectrum of agricultural and environmental study, including:

  • Plant physiology
  • Environmental science
  • Molecular biology
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Plant pathology/pathogen ecology
  • Production technology 
  • Soil science
  • Agricultural marketing
  • Integrated pest management
  • Entomology

Through coursework, research, fieldwork, and collaboration with faculty and peers, you’ll achieve mastery of your subject, take comprehensive exams, and complete a dissertation.