12 months
40812 USD/year
24586 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


This Soil Science program at Pennsylvania State University provides opportunities for candidates interested in soil and related water resources to become a professional leader and an independent scholar.


Faculty in this Soil Science program at Pennsylvania State University are competent to prepare candidates in the subfields of Soil Science including:

  • soil genesis
  • soil classification
  • soil morphology
  • soil mapping
  • soil physics
  • soil chemistry
  • soil mineralogy
  • soil microbiology
  • soil fertility
  • soil conservation
  • geographic information systems
  • computer mapping
  • watershed analysis
  • soil hydrology
  • soil and water management
  • resource inventory and assessment
  • remote sensing
  • land evaluation
  • land waste disposal
  • land management

Learning outcomes

  • Graduates in these three masters programs will have obtained knowledge of core theories and methods as demonstrated by courses completed and grades earned at the bachelor’s level. Graduates will exhibit breadth and depth of understanding in their respective disciplines in courses completed at the master’s level.  
  • Graduates in these three masters programs will be able to clearly synthesize literature and theories in their disciplinary areas and/or in their specialized thesis topics.  Such synthesis will help generate new ideas or methods to develop unique solutions to the problems in the three disciplinary programs.
  • Graduates in these three masters programs will effectively communicate ideas, arguments, and rationales in clear, concise, well-organized publications (abstracts, papers, proposals) and presentations (conferences, seminars, and research meetings) .
  • Graduates in these three masters programs will be able to critically analyze the work of others in their field of specialty. Such analyses will help graduate students to demonstrate proficiency in designing a research strategy to answer important questions and to improve their own work.
  • Graduates in these three masters programs will demonstrate the highest ethical standards and core values (including Penn State Core Values) within their discipline and other diverse scientific backgrounds.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Soils Properties and Functions
  • Unsaturated Zone Hydrology and Chemical Transport
  • Soil Physics
  • Geographic Information System Applications
  • Environmental Soil Microbiology
  • Soil Environmental Chemistry
  • Soil Genesis
  • Nature of Soil Minerals
  • Topics in Biogeochemistry
  • Ecosystem Nutrient Cycles

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Prerequisites for major work in Soil Science vary with the area of specialization and the degree sought, but courses in chemistry, mathematics, physics, geology, and basic and applied biological sciences are required.
  • Applicants for the M.S. degree must have a baccalaureate degree including 76 credits of basic and applied natural sciences. 

Tuition Fee

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    40812 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 40812 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    24586 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24586 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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