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Master of Soil Science


The program of study enhances professional skills and expertise essential to evaluating land for a variety of uses that include wetlands protection and restoration, on-site waste disposal, forest management, horticulture, as well as agriculture. The program allows students to increase their technical knowledge as well as develop field skills for understanding how soils should best be managed to maintain environmental quality and human health. Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements and curriculum information.

Dr. David Crouse,
Program Coordinator
Phone: 919-515-7302
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
Admissions Web Page

Career prospects
(What can I do with this program of study?)

We believe there is a need for advanced soil science training by busy professionals in the environmental sciences and health fields. We see professionals who want to develop new skills, keep up-to-date or earn a professional license. We understand that the demands of full time employment and busy personal lives preclude these professionals from returning to our campus to pursue an advanced degree. Yet, career advancement often demands an advanced degree. The Master of Soil Science degree provides outstanding graduate education and professional development opportunities for practicing professionals in real estate and land development, waste management, cooperative extension, and other public and private organizations and agencies engaged in soil and environmental sciences as well as land management.

(What will I learn?)

36 credit hours are required, including:

  • 12 credit hours of soil science classes (excluding seminar)
  • 1 credit hour of soil science seminar
  • 6 credit hours of a masters project
  • 2 credit hours of field classes to obtain practical skills (these are 4 to 5 days long)
  • 3 credit hours of a statistics class (recommended)
  • 12 credit hours of elective
Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 36

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

Admission to the program requires:

  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or greater
  • Adequate training in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, and soil science

Graduate School application deadlines:
Fall semester: June 25 (US citizens); March 1 (Internationals)
Spring semester: November 25 (US citizens); July 15 (Internationals)
Summer I: March 25 (US citizens); December 15 (Internationals)
Summer II: May 10 (US citizens): December 15 (Internationals)

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

Once admitted to the program students will select an adviser from the full-time faculty who will help plan their program. Our Soil Science faculty understands that field skills are indispensable for a complete education in the soil science field. Therefore we have designed our program to require two hours of credit in intensive field skills training. To satisfy this need we are offering classes in soil geomorphology and hydric soils which concentrate this training into four or five day-long classes.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Click "Apply & Enroll" to apply for admission or register to take courses. To earn the degree, students must be admitted through NC State's Graduate School. Students may begin to take courses before being admitted by registering as a non-degree student (NDS).

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

For tuition/fees information, go to the University Cashier's website at http://treasurer.ofb.ncsu.edu/cashier/tuition/deflex.php.

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