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Plant Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
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The Master of Science (M.S.) in Plant Science is a 30-unit program, available at California State University, Fresno, designed to provide advanced studies and in-depth knowledge in the fundamentals of plant science, as well as experimental design, technical writing, and formal presentation of research.

About

Coursework provides a broad understanding of crop production and physiology, and thesis research allows for specialization. 

Areas of specialization include agronomy, pomology, horticulture, weed science, entomology, plant pathology, soils and irrigation, and mechanized agriculture. Graduate courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening permitting students to earn a degree within two or three years when working closely with an adviser.

The Department of Plant Science at California State University, Fresno is located in the nation's most productive agricultural valley.  Our graduates acquire a sound academic background that is deeply rooted in field-based experience in the broad array of disciplines within Plant Science.  These include pomology, olericulture, agronomy, environmental horticulture, soils, irrigation, economic entomology, plant pathology, weed science, and mechanized agriculture.  

Our faculty hold advanced degrees in these disciplines, and regularly integrate this knowledge directly in the field and laboratories.  The university's 1000 acre agricultural  field laboratory, greenhouse facilities, and the Jordan Agricultural Research Center are home to cutting-edge horticultural and agronomic practices, using the latest innovations in crop production, mechanization, irrigation, soil fertility, propagation, and pest management.

Career Development 

  • Completion of a degree in Plant Science at California State University, Fresno is your gateway to a career in agriculture.  
  • Our program is also designed to provide the academic background for certification/licensing as an Irrigation Specialist, Certified Irrigation Designer, Certified Arborist, California Certified Nursery Professional, Certified Crop Adviser (CCA), Certified Professional Agronomist, Certified Entomologist, CA Department of Pesticide Regulation Certification (Agricultural Pest Control Advisor and Qualified Applicator), Certified Horticulturist, or for advanced studies in Plant Sciences.  
  • Our graduates are sought after by many of the world's leading agricultural industries and agencies and many have entered leading graduate (MS, Ph.D.) programs worldwide.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biometrics in Agriculture
  • Agricultural Laboratory Techniques
  • Introduction to Crop Science
  • Row Crops
  • Cereal and Forage Crops
  • Range Ecology and Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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General Requirements

  • Submit a Cal State Apply online and pay $55 USD (non-refundable) by credit card
  • English language proficiency
  • Original or certified copies of all university transcripts with literal English translation. Any coursework presented after an offer of admission is made will not be considered for credit
  • Financial document (no older than 6 months) & Affidavit of Support from sponsors showing the amount and source of support for a minimum of one school year of study
  • A copy of the biographic information/photo page in your passport
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (if applicable)
  • Official admission test score report (GRE* or GMAT*) - if applicable
  • Additional Documentation (if required by the department) 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2505 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2505 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    2505 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2505 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for California

  • 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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