12 months
27936 USD/year
11358 USD/year
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The master of science in Plant and Soil Sciences degree from West Virginia University is offered to students who wish to study entomology, environmental microbiology, environmental, soil and water sciences, horticulture, plant pathology, or soil science.


Thesis or non-thesis options are available. It provides students the opportunity to take courses and conduct original, master’s-level research in their areas of specialization. The educational experience obtained through courses and research is expected to provide students with the background and expertise to enter doctoral programs or professional careers as agronomists, entomologists, microbiologists, horticulturists, and plant pathologists or soil scientists. These disciplines are critical to maintaining agriculture and forest productivity, solving environmental problems, and promoting economic development in the state.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students of the Plant and Soil Sciences program from West Virginia University will:

  • Acquire fundamental knowledge of their area of emphasis and associated fields in plant and soil science.
  • Acquire detailed knowledge of their particular subdiscipline or research area, including the scientific literature fundamental to their discipline and the ability to stay current o n scientific literature.
  • Acquire technical skills in the field or laboratory.
  • Develop the ability to communicate in writing and orally about scientific concepts and the results of their research.
  • Develop the ability to design, conduct, and interpret the results of experiments. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Grants and Grantsmanship
  • Organic Crop Production
  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Applied Wetlands Ecology and Management
  • Directed Study

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A regular graduate student is a degree-seeking student who meets all of the criteria for regular admissio n to a program of his/her choice.
  • The student must possess a baccalaureate degree from a college or uni versity, have at least a grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or an average of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 credit hours),
  • The student must have an ad equate academic aptitude at the graduate level as measured by the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • The student must provide three letters of reference from persons acquainted with the applicant’s professional work, experience, or academic background.
  • The student must submit a written sta tement of 500 words or more indicating the applicant’s goals and objectives relative to receiving a graduate degree.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27936 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13968 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    11358 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5679 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Morgantown

775 - 1290 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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