Soil Science Graduate Program

studying soil samples

Apply to the Graduate Program

We offer graduate programs, with specialization in various fields of soil science, leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Supporting course work is chosen for each student from the basic sciences and other related fields. Original research is an essential part of M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Each program is individually designed by the student and his or her graduate committee. The student chooses a major professor and representatives of the major and two minor fields of study.

Undergraduate Preparation

You can prepare for for a soils graduate program by gaining a solid background in physical, chemical, and biological sciences, college mathematics and writing.

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.
  • Seminar presentation 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.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of soil science.
  • 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.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

  • Completion of a graduate course program and the Ph.D. thesis, requiring about four years of full-time graduate study.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of soil science and of minor fields, demonstrated in comprehensive written and oral examinations.
  • 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 soils program for a minimum of two terms.
  • Two seminar presentations.

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