Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences offers advanced degrees in different areas of specialization.

Areas of Study: Crop sciences, soil sciences, and environmental sciences. Areas of specialization within these concentrations include plant breeding and genetics, biotechnology, water quality, environmental science, crop physiology, crop production, weed science, pesticide residue, seed technology, soil chemistry, soil classification, soil fertility, soil microbiology, and soil physics.

Primary Areas of Faculty Research: Environmental, soil, and water science (bioremediation, soil and water quality, microbial ecology, nutrient management, natural resource management using GIS); plant sciences (plant breeding and genetics, plant biotechnology, plant physiology, weed science), and agronomic production science.

The Master Degree in Crop, Soil, and Environmental is a two-year thesis program in which students learn to conduct scientific studies. It requires 24 hours of course work and six hours of thesis with concentration in Crop Science, Weed Science, or Soil Science

The Ph.D. degree in Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science offers specialization in Crop Physiology, Crop Production, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Biotechnology, Weed Science, Seed Technology, Soil Physics, Soil Chemistry, Soil Microbiology, Soil Fertility, Soil Classification, Pesticide Residues, or Environmental Science.

Advanced Degrees

Master of Science (M.S.) in Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences


Graduate Coordinator

Daniela Kidd

Phone: 479-575- 2347

Email: drkidd@uark.edu

 

Graduate School Requirements

 *Applicants with lower than the required GPA or GRE score may be admitted conditionally into the M.S. degree program. Conditionally accepted students must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 for the first 12 hours of graduate coursework to achieve regular student status.

Admission Requirements

 

Applicants for graduate studies must meet entry requirements of the Graduate School and the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences.

Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences M.S. and Ph.D. Requirements

  • B.S. from an accredited institution with GPA >3.00*/ M.S. research thesis degree in Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences or related field from an accredited institution with GPA >3.00*. 
  • GRE scores
  • Suitable preparation in Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences or related areas
  • International Students TOEFL score
    • minimum: >79 internet-based/580 paper and >4.5 on TWE
  • A statement of purpose letter that describes who you are, your professional career goals, the reasons why you want to study for a Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences graduate degree and the area(s) of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences you wish to study.
  • Three letters of reference.  

 


 How to Apply

Complete and submit an application for graduate studies (M.S. or Ph.D.). Submit your application and the documents required by the Graduate School (transcripts, TOEFL, GRE, etc.). 

The application will also require you to include:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Graduate Assistantship Application Form (if applicable) 
  • The contact information for the reference letters

*The Graduate School will send instructions for three letters of recommendations to be submitted online.

 Applications received will be considered for admission based on departmental requirements and the availability of positions and funding.

The Review Process

The Graduate School will review applications to determine qualifications based on the Graduate School requirements. Applications are then forwarded to the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences for review by the Graduate Program Coordinator, Department Head,  and Faculty to determine acceptance based on departmental requirements.

Application Deadlines

 

Semester;

Application Deadline 

Fall      

April 1

Spring

September 1

Summer 

March 1


Funding Your Degree

Assistantships and Fellowships for M.S. and Ph.D. students are available on a competitive basis.

Doctoral Academy Fellowship 
  • $25,000 stipend
  • Tuition waiver
  • Qualifications: Master's GPA>3.65, GRE>1100 (~300 new scale), 4.5 writing score

 

Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship
  • $30,000 stipend
  • Tuition waiver
  • Qualifications: Master's GPA>3.85, GRE>1200 (~307 new scale), 5.0 writing score

 

Ph.D. Assistantships
  • $15,000 stipend
  • Tuition waiver
  • Qualifications: Master's GPA>3.5, GRE>1100, 4.0 writing score

 

M.S. Assistantships
  • $13,500 stipend
  • Tuition waiver
  • Qualifications: GPA>3.0, GRE>1000, 4.0 writing score