Soil Science

 

Master | Soil Science

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: GRE

The Master of Soil Science enhances professional skills and expertise essential to evaluating land for a variety of uses. These include wetlands protection and restoration, on-site waste disposal, forest management, horticulture, and agriculture. The program allows students to increase their technical knowledge as well as develop field skills for understanding how soils should best be managed to maintain environmental quality and human health. The program requires 36 credit hours, including enrollment in two field-based short courses.

This program may lead to Professional Licensure.

Eligibility

Admission to the program requires:

  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or greater
  • Adequate training in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, and soil science

Cost

This master's degree requires 36 credits. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of the required graduate courses is $453 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,261 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $16,308 for North Carolina residents and $45,396 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

Once admitted to the program students will select an adviser from the full-time faculty who will help plan their program. Our soil science faculty understands that field skills are indispensable for a complete education in the soil science field. Therefore we have designed our program to require two hours of credit in intensive field skills training. To satisfy this need we are offering classes in soil geomorphology and hydric soils which concentrate this training into four or five day-long classes.

Career Prospects

We believe there is a need for advanced soil science training by busy professionals in the environmental sciences and health fields. We see professionals who want to develop new skills, keep up-to-date or earn a professional license. We understand that the demands of full time employment and busy personal lives preclude these professionals from returning to our campus to pursue an advanced degree. Yet, career advancement often demands an advanced degree. The Master of Soil Science degree provides outstanding graduate education and professional development opportunities for practicing professionals in real estate and land development, waste management, cooperative extension, and other public and private organizations and agencies engaged in soil and environmental sciences as well as land management.

36 credit hours are required, including:
  • 12 credit hours of soil science classes (excluding seminar)
  • 1 credit hour of soil science seminar
  • 6 credit hours of a masters project
  • 2 credit hours of field classes to obtain practical skills (these are 4 to 5 days long)
  • 3 credit hours of a statistics class (recommended)
  • 12 credit hours of elective
Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallJun 25 (US); Mar 1 (Int)
SpringNov 25 (US); Jul 15 (Int)
Summer 1Mar 25 (US); Dec 15 (Int)
Summer 2May 10 (US); Dec 15 (Int)

Dr. Mike Vepraskas

Professor, Dept of Crop & Soil Sciences

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

919.515.1458
michael_vepraskas@ncsu.edu