Texas Tech University

Broadway and University Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79409-5005

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Plant and Soil Science includes the study of plant genetics, breeding, biotechnology, molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry, weed control, and crop management as applied to efficient and economical production of field crops. 

Texas Tech University's online Master of Science in Plant and Soil Science allows students to study how to use and manage the application of biological, chemical and physical sciences with regard to natural and human-affected environments. The Master of Plant and Soil Science degree program at a distance is designed specifically to meet the needs of today's working professional. The Master of Plant and Soil Science offers the following specialization areas: crop science, soil science, crop protection, and fibers and biopolymers. 

Master of Science degree students may pursue either the thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option (24 hours of graduate coursework plus six hours of thesis research) is designed for students who intend to pursue a Ph.D. An oral exam over the research is required for the thesis option. The non-thesis option (36 hours of graduate coursework) is considered a terminal degree. An oral exam is required during the graduating semester for the non-thesis option.

Both Master of Science degrees are available at a distance; each requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate coursework without a thesis. Students must take the last six semester credit hours from Texas Tech, and an oral exam is required during the semester of graduation.

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    Students planning to pursue a master's degree must submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.

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    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


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