Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Sciences

Students pursuing master's and doctoral degrees in crop and soil sciences have the option of selecting the following areas of emphasis for their degrees:

Each student will submit to the graduate coordinator, through his/her major professor, a program of study (list of proposed courses) by the end of the first semester of residence. The program of study must then be submitted to the Graduate School. A thesis proposal approved by the advisory committee must be submitted to the graduate coordinator by the end of the second semester. These items become a permanent part of the student's departmental file and record. The thesis proposal ensures that a student starts early on a research project suitable for a thesis.

Program of Study

  • Minimum of 30 hours of graduate coursework
  • Includes 3 hours of CRSS 9300 (dissertation writing)
  • Includes at least 6 hours of CRSS 9000 (research)
  • Includes 16 hours of 8000- and 9000-level courses
  • Includes 1 hour of CRSS 8100 (graduate seminar)
  • Includes 1 hour of GRSC 7001 (GradFirst seminar - must be taken during first year)
  • Includes at least one graduate statistics course
  • Includes a course to gain teaching experience

Advisory Committee: 

  • Includes major professor and at least four other members
  • One member must be from another department
  • May have two co-major professors, in which case one has to be from the Crop and Soil Sciences department
  • May include non-UGA member with terminal degree
  • Majority of committee must have UGA graduate faculty status

Degree Code


Admission Requirements for both M.S. and Ph.D. programs:

  • Transcripts in English
  • Letter of intent (Statement of Purpose)
  • 3 Letters of Reference
  • GPA > 3.0 for M.S. students
  • GPA > 3.5 for Ph.D. students
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants
  • Minimum TOEFL score requirement: overall score of 80 with at least 20 on speaking and writing
  • Minimum IELTS score requirement: overall band-width of 6.5, with no single band (score) below 6.0.
  • Ph.D. applicants must have an M.S.