Minimum Graduate Credits
A minimum of 30 graduate credits are required, of which at least 20 credits must be earned at the University Park Campus, and will include the minimum credits specified in the following items. For a student with a one-half time assistantship, approximately two years will be required to complete the M.S. degree.
- Major Field, Formal Courses
Twelve credits of 400- or 500-level formal courses in the major field are required (at least 6 of the 12 credits must be 500-level coursework, excluding seminars and independent studies).
Coursework for the major field will be chosen to meet the student's primary educational objectives—accomplishment of thesis research, mastery of discipline subject matter, and preparation for a career. Courses in Crop and Soil Sciences and other departments may be designated as part of the major field if they conform to these objectives. The strength of the program should be maximized by choosing a related series of courses.
The student and thesis advisor in consultation with the advisory committee will make the choice of courses in the major field. The thesis advisor will be responsible for the semester-by-semester direction of the student's academic studies.
Students expecting to continue for the Ph.D. after the M.S. should acquaint themselves with the admission and graduation requirements of the Ph.D. degree. Although certain courses taken at the M.S. level may be applied to the Ph.D. requirements, admission to the Ph.D. program may require preparation in several study areas beyond the minimum necessary for admission to the M.S. program.
- Minor or General Studies Courses
A minor consists of integrated or articulated work in one field related to, but different from the major field. Other departments and discipline areas of the University govern minor requirements. A faculty member representing the minor will serve on the student's committee. As an alternative to a minor, general studies coursework may be taken in a field or fields different from the major field when considered by the thesis advisor and the advisory committee to have significance and value for the student.
Six credits of 400 or 500-level formal courses in a minor or general studies area. Seminar or independent studies courses are excluded, except where such courses are specifically allowed by the minor department.
- Statistical Methods
Three credits at the 500-level. Courses taken during the M.S. program may be used toward the statistics minor, if approved by the Statistics Department, or the general studies formal course requirement.
- Graduate Student Dialogue
One credit of AGRO 501 during the first fall semester of the program.
- Agronomy/Soils Seminar
One credit of Agronomy Seminar course
- Thesis Research
Six credits of 600 or 610 (thesis research). The student is required to write an original research thesis.
- Supplemental Credits
Credits of 400- or 500-level courses as needed to give a total of 30 that supplement one or more of the areas: thesis, major, minor, and general studies. Credits for independent study courses may also be included.
- 500- and 600-Series Work Combined
At least 18 credits of the total M.S. program must consist of 500 and 600-series work with a maximum of six credits of 600 or 610 being included in this total.
Additional courses and requirements as required by the adviser and advisory committee.
The candidate is expected to regularly attend the Agronomy Seminar each semester of registration at the University Park Campus.
Teaching requirements are specified in section G.
A final examination based on the student’s thesis and academic training is required.
The M.S. requirements are summarized in the check lists (J and K). It is the responsibility of the student to maintain these checklists, and to have them approved by the Major Adviser and Graduate Program Director prior to graduation.