University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Graduate Degree Programs

The graduate degrees in Plant and Soil Science provide professional development for students who wish to continue their education after graduating with science oriented undergraduate programs, typically in earth, biological or agricultural sciences. In exceptional cases admission has been granted to students with degrees in other fields.

Both the MS and PhD program require that the student completes a research program and a schedule of classes that is designed by the student and his/her advisor to support the research study. Each student will be further supported by a study committee that comprises faculty with expertise in relevant areas of science. Research topics are usually supported by peer-reviewed grants and thus address important topics in Plant and Soil Science and allied fields.

Plant and Soil Science is an applied science department. Our faculty work on developing sustainable strategies and technologies that solve problems associated with agriculture and food systems. Reaching out to stakeholders, for example farmers and land managers but also the public at large is part of the tradition of Land Grant Universities and their agricultural departments. For this reason, requirements in our graduate programs include communication with science professionals through professional presentations, the public through outreach efforts, and undergraduate students by contributing in our teaching effort.

Deadlines for graduate applications are:

  1. February 15 for Summer and Fall Admissions
  2. October 15 for Spring Admissions
  3. May 15 for Summer and Fall Admissions

If you're interested in graduate study in the department of Plant and Soil Science,
please fill out the Graduate Pre-Application Form.
This is a way to gather more information about you and your interests.

You may also wish to contact a faculty member directly.
Faculty contact information can be found here.

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