M.Sc. On Campus

Soil Science

Utah State University

12 months
15964 USD/year
15964 USD/year
4684 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Soil Science program of the Utah State University is concerned with the chemical, physical, and biological aspects of the soil.


The Soil Science program of the Utah State University is particularly strong in water-related issues, especially regional issues involving water and irrigation in the West. In particular, USU boasts unique and renown areas concentrating on digital soil mapping which aids in flood prediction, land restoration, using state-of-the-art environmental sensors to monitor greenhouse gas emissions, and tracking contaminant transport through soils caused by mountain snowmelt.

Students are able to focus their research on solving current issues and problems in areas including soil and water chemistry/biogeochemistry, soil biology and ecology, soils and nutrient bioavailability, environmental soil physics, soil and water management, soil genesis, morphology, and classification, and sustainable agroecosystems. Soil scientists fill the gap between engineers, geologists, and ecologists, and play a major role in ensuring that high-quality soil and water are available to current and future generations.

Career Options

Graduates in soil science can pursue the following careers:

  • Soil scientists with government agencies
  • Conservation
  • Land management
  • Soil testing
  • Soil fertility research
  • Fertilizer development
  • Monitoring and remedying environmental pollution in soil and water
  • Environmental consultants
  • Fertilizer retail
  • Irrigation system design
  • Waste management
  • Mine land reclamation

Programme Structure

  • Course requirements leading to the MS degree are developed jointly by the student and the student's advisory committee. Course selections reflect areas of specialization. There are, however, specific departmental requirements regarding physical sciences, biological sciences, and mathematics courses, which differ depending on the area of specialization.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students without an undergraduate or graduate degree in plants, soils, biometeorology, or a closely related field may be required to complete selected undergraduate courses prior to admission
  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15964 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7982 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    15964 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7982 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    4684 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2342 USD per semester during 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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