12 months
20380 USD/year
20380 USD/year
9342 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Soil Science program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers the opportunity for advanced training in soil science. Students enrolled in this program already hold a Bachelor's degree in a science-related field such as geology, engineering, public health, biology, or environmental sciences.



Over a decade ago, the school began offering soil science courses at an off-campus location to facilitate training of non-soil scientists, enabling them to meet the educational requirements for certification as a Professional Soil Scientist. Eventually the Soil Science program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst developed into a 30-credit program that upon completion, grants a Master of Science degree in Plant and Soil Sciences. Although the degree is in Plant and Soil Sciences, our off-campus program is limited to the field of soil science.

This program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who do not have the time or the opportunity to enroll in a traditional, full-time graduate program. Most students enrolled in our classes want to further their education because it expands their technical expertise. Others have used the advanced training for job advancement.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Microbiology of the Soil
  • Environmental Soil Science
  • Soil Formation
  • Environmental Soil Chemistry
  • Hydric Soils
  • Soil Fertility

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The application process requires that you submit GRE scores less then 5 years old and that you hold a bachelor degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Once admitted to the program you will be assigned an academic advisor. Contact your advisor prior to taking courses to ensure that appropriate classes are taken.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10190 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    20380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10190 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9342 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4671 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Amherst Center

1228 - 2543 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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