M.Sc. On Campus

Agricultural and Environmental Plant Science

12 months
43260 USD/year
43260 USD/year
26062 USD/year
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The Agricultural and Environmental Plant Science program at Pennsylvania State University emphasizes research that increases the efficiency of production of agronomic and horticultural crops, improves the quality of food, feed, and fiber available for humans and animals, develops an understanding of the basic soil-plant-animal climate complex, and improves the quality of the human environment.


Students in the Agricultural and Environmental Plant Science program at Pennsylvania State University may specialize in various disciplinary foci related to horticultural or agronomic crops including turfgrass.

Specialties include plant breeding, genetics, and genomics, agricultural ecology, ecophysiology, management of cropping systems, plant nutrition, root/soil interactions including microbiomes, plant physiology, international agriculture, abiotic stress biology, climate resilience, plant molecular biology and biotechnology, horticultural crop marketing, pomology, viticulture, vegetable production, and weed science.

Learning outcomes

  • M.S. and Ph.D. students in Agricultural and Environmental Plant Science will demonstrate competency and breadth of knowledge in their chosen specialization within plant science-related disciplines.
  • They will create new knowledge by conducting and reporting relevant research within their sub-disciplines.
  • Students will be able to communicate with diverse audiences regarding issues related to crops and their social and environmental impacts.
  • They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills so that they can apply their knowledge to agriculturally and environmentally relevant problems.
  •  They will become practiced in applying the principles of academic integrity and proper research methodology and reporting.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Current Issues in Agricultural Innovation
  • Effective Scientific Communications
  • Supervised Experience in College Teaching
  • Colloquium
  • Thesis Research
  • Thesis Research Off-Campus

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


31 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should have a B.S., B.A. or comparable degree in agricultural or biological sciences with strong academic performance.
  • A minimum junior/senior grade-point average 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required in all courses in the biological and physical sciences.
  • Applicants must submit a statement of interests and goals and three letters of reference.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    43260 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 43260 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    43260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 43260 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    26062 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26062 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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