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School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, M.Sc.

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University rank #301 (ARWU) , LA,
The School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science (MS) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. There are three optional areas of concentration within the degree programs: Agronomy, Horticulture, and Soil Science. The MS in Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences is taugh at Louisiana State University.


Students with an agronomic focus concentrate their graduate studies in weed science, crop breeding and genetics/biotechnology, or applied plant physiology. Students studying horticulture may specialize in any branch of horticulture, including breeding and genetics, propagation, vegetable production, physiology, mineral nutrition, weed control, plant growth and development, postharvest physiology, and food processing. Students pursuing soil science study a wide variety of subdisciplines including soil classification, soil physics, soil chemistry, soil fertility, soil microbiology, environmental soil science, and land use/management.

Agronomy, which includes the soil and water environments associated with crop production, is the primary source of food for our world’s population. Agroeconomic activities are very important at the state, national, and global levels. Many opportunities await agronomists with MS and PhD degrees. Positions are available in the private sector as well as in government and universities. The graduate faculty of the school is engaged in both applied and basic research. Most agronomy and environmental management faculty members have joint appointments between LSU and the LSU Agricultural Center. These scientists conduct research and impart education and training to sustain productivity of food, feed, and fiber while maintaining environmental quality with efficient use of natural resources.

Horticulture at LSU has a great tradition. Some of the most important U.S. varieties of sweet potatoes, strawberries, and peaches have been developed at LSU during the past 50 years. Plant breeding remains a significant focus, but there is a new emphasis in woody ornamentals and floriculture. Traditional cultural practices of the past are now modified by a trend toward sustainable agricultural methods with less impact on the environment. In the last decade, physiological research in fruit, vegetable, floriculture, and ornamental production systems has increased. Turfgrass science and management have also become important areas of horticulture research. The horticulture faculty is unique in its strong emphasis on postharvest physiology.

Students who receive advanced degrees at School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences from Louisiana State University go on to rich and rewarding careers and leave with the challenge of contributing to the world in which they live. Graduates of our school report that their education has well prepared them for their future careers.

Programme Structure

Soils represent one of our greatest natural resources; a source for growing food, fiber, and building materials. Students in soil science are provided hands-on experience with advanced technologies such as inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy, x-ray fluorescence spectrometry, GreenSeeker proximal nitrogen sensor, global positioning system, carbon/nitrogen combustion analyzer, and gas chromatograph. Studies in pollution management and spatial/temporal variation in soil properties are modeled with advanced software such as ArcGIS. Students completing degrees in soil science have many career options available to them including: government sector (USDA-NRCS, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality), private sector (consulting, industrial services, wetland delineation, soil survey), and academia.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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Academic Requirements

All applicants must have the following in order to be considered for unconditional admission:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 (A = 4.0) on all undergraduate work (or in the final 64 credit hours) and any graduate work already completed. Acceptable GRE or GMAT scores.
  • Demonstrated English proficiency.
  • A copy of the name page of your passport.
  • A completed Affidavit of Support and supporting financial documents (required to process forms for F-1 and J-1 visas).
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Tuition Fee

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    28500 USD/year
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    28308 USD/year
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  • In-State

    11393 USD/year
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Living costs for Baton Rouge

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
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