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¿Qué aprenderé?

The School of Agricultural Sciences offers the Master of Science degree in Plant, Soil, and Agricultural systems with a concentration in crop science, soil science, or horticultural science. Students can also take courses with an emphasis in environmental studies in agriculture through each of these three concentrations. The concentrations in crop, soil, and horticultural sciences can be pursued with either a thesis-option or a research paper (non-thesis) option. We also offer graduate work in agricultural education and information and agricultural technologies.

Supporting courses in education, communication, engineering, plant biology, microbiology, chemistry, statistics, and other areas essential to research in the student’s chosen field may be selected. Supporting courses are selected on an individual basis by the student and the advisory committee. Once the general field has been selected, the research and thesis may be completed in any one of the many divisions of that field. In field crops, the research may be directed toward crop production, management and precision farming, weeds and pest control, or plant breeding, genetics and biotechnology; in horticulture, the research and thesis may be in landscape design, vegetables, tree-fruits, small-fruits, floricultural and ornamental plants, plant tissue culture, or turf management; in soils, the research may relate to soil fertility, soil physics, soil microbiology, soil chemistry, or soil and water conservation; in environmental studies, the research may be directed toward water pollution, reclamation of strip-mined soil, or agricultural chemical pollution problems. Often two of these more restricted areas can be combined in one thesis/research problem.

Agricultural education coursework is designed for instructors in secondary schools, for students preparing for employment at junior colleges, and for those desiring to continue their education by obtaining a Ph.D. degree. Agricultural information coursework is designed to provide graduate training for extension agents, agricultural communication professionals, product-education specialists, and others who are interested in agricultural information processing and transfer to a variety of non-student clientele. Agricultural technologies coursework is designed to offer students interested in technology-based systems the opportunity to study one or more of the following areas: (a) power and machinery; (b) product handling; processing, and storage, (c) farm equipment evaluation; and (d) precision farming. Each of these areas offers application in agricultural environmental studies.

Students interested in plant, soil, and agricultural sciences at the doctoral level can apply to Ph.D. programs in Agricultural Sciences, Plant Biology, or Environmental Resources and Policy at SIUC.

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

College of Agricultural Sciences

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (30 horas de crédito)

Costos de estudio
US$30.000,00 por año
This fee is for 2021 and it may, subject to change in the coming year
Fecha de inicio

22 Agosto 2022, 19 Diciembre 2022, 17 Enero 2023


College of Agricultural Sciences

Southern Illinois University,



62901, United States

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

Applicants must have completed 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of bachelor’s coursework; 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average).

Para estudiantes internacionales

To be eligible to be considered for admission to a graduate degree program, you must meet the following minimum Graduate School requirements: 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework; 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average).

The English language requirement may be met by submitting: 550 on the paper-based TOEFL; 80 on the internet-based TOEFL; 6.5 on the IELTS; 5.0 on the iTep Academic Plus Exam; C1 required on the Cambridge English Exam.

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.


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