Crop Science Graduate Program

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The Department of Crop and Soil Science offers 2 primary degrees with 3 main areas of specialization and many disciplines to study.

Degrees Offered

Master of Science in Crop Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Crop Science

Areas of Specialization

We offer 3 main areas of specialization under the Crop Science degree.  Agronomy, Plant Breeding and Genetics and Entomology. 

Within each specialization are discipline areas of study.  These can include: Crop Production, Crop Physiology, Agroecology & Sustainability, Ecophysiology, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Food Systems, Small Farms, Weed Science, Seed Science & Technology, Pedology, Water Science, Restoration Ecology, Entomology, Pest Management, Biological Control, Plant Nutrition, Organic Agriculture, and Waste Management.

Additionally, several key commodities may be studied.  These include: Seed Crops (Grass and Legume), Cereals (Wheat and Barley), Forages, Hops, Potatoes, Onions, Sugar Beets, Corn, Beans, Alternative Crops, Native Plant Seed Production and Land Use.

M.S. Degree Requirements

  • Forty-five credits of graduate courses, including up to 12 credits for the M.S. thesis, or 6 credits for a project for the non-thesis M.S. degree.
  • Completion of an original research project and presentation of a thesis; or for the non-thesis option, completion of a problem-solving project.
  • For the M.S. degree with thesis, participation in teaching is required. Students with no previous teaching experience are required to participate in teaching for a minimum of one term. This requirement may be fulfilled as a course (CROP 509) taken for credit.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

  • Completion of a graduate course program and the Ph.D. thesis, requiring about four years of full-time graduate study.
  • Completion of an original research project and presentation of a thesis.
  • Participation in teaching. Students with no previous teaching experience are required to participate in teaching in the crop science program for a minimum of one term. This requirement may be fulfilled as a course (CROP 509) taken for credit.

Contact Us

For more information or to apply, review our instructions on How to Apply or contact:

Emmalie Goodwin
Oregon State University
107 Crop Science Building
Corvallis, OR 97331-3002
Emmalie.Goodwin@oregonstate.edu
Phone: 541-737-5093
Fax: 541-737-1589