Crop Science Graduate Program

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The Department of Crop and Soil Science offers graduate work leading to Master of Agriculture, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in crop science. 

Areas of Specialization

Areas of study leading to advanced degrees in Crop Science include biotechnology, cereal breeding and genetics, cereal chemistry, crop physiology, crop production, forage and pasture management, hop breeding and genetics, new crops, potato production, breeding and genetics, seed physiology, seed production, seed technology and quality, weed science, and entomology.

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 (CSS 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 (CSS 509) taken for credit.

Contact Us

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

Barbara J. Reed
Oregon State University
107 Crop Science Building
Corvallis, OR 97331-3002
Barbara.J.Reed@oregonstate.edu
Phone: 541-737-5854
Fax: 541-737-1589