Academic Requirements for MS Degree (Non-Thesis Option)

  • A minimum of 30 course credits is required.
  • Twenty-one (21) of these credits must be in the major field defined as Plant & Soil Science and Environmental Science courses or be closely related courses.
  • At least 12 credits in letter-graded 600-800 level courses are required.
  • Required courses include Global challenges in Agriculture and the Environment (STOCKSCH 650) (3 credits) and Biometry (STOCKSCH 661) (4 credits). It may be possible for a student to get committee permission to fulfill biometry requirement by taking Public Health 640 or Statistics 501 or other similar course.
  • An independent written report or literature review is required. Up to 3 Independent Study credits can be used for this purpose.
  • Up to 6 credits can be taken as independent study.
  • With the advisor's approval, up to 6 credits with ≥ B grade can be transferred from other universities.
  • No Pass/Fail grading in major field courses is allowed.
  • A final General Examination is also required.

The current list of available graduate-level courses can be found at the end of the Graduate Student Handbook.

See other graduate degree options.