Master of Soil Science Online Program

Description of Master of Soil Science Online Program

NC State University’s Master of Soil Science online program 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, and 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 website for full and up-to-date admission requirements and curriculum information.

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

We believe that professionals in the environmental sciences and health fields need advanced soil science training. 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.

Curriculum: What will I learn?

Once admitted to the program, students will select an advisor 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. 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.

36 credit hours are required, including:

  • 12 credit hours of Soil Science classes
  • 1 credit hour of Soil Science Seminar
  • 6 credit hours of a Master’s 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

Admissions requirements: Is the program for me? How do I apply?

Admission to the program requires:

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

Graduate School application deadlines

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Registration information: When can I start?

You need 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).