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Soil Management Certificate

Upon successful completion of the online Soil Management Certificate, students will be awarded a Soil Management Certificate from Texas Tech University that enables them to become a certified soil scientist. The coursework, including topics such as soil chemistry, physics and classification, meets the educational requirements of The Natural Resource Conservation Service. This certificate can be pursued independently or concurrently with a master's degree program.

Program Overview

  • 12 credit hours
  • Required classes are completed online. Some optional classes may be available only face-to-face.
  • Prerequisite: bachelor's degree
  • Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual. Learn more about the difference between part-time and full-time student status.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the four semesters throughout the year.

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Contact the program coordinator by phone.

  • Name: Christi Chadwell
  • Phone: 806-742-2838 ext. 233

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months prior to projected initial enrollment.

  1. Complete the ApplyTexas application.
    • When asked to select your major, you will choose Graduate Certificate Program.
    • When asked to indicate your major area of interest/specialty, type Soil Management.
    • When asked what degree you will seek, choose Certification.
    • In the Custom Questions section of the application, be sure to choose SMGT - Soil Management from the list of available Graduate Certificate programs.
  2. Complete additional admissions requirements as outlined by the Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • The initial application fee is $60. Each subsequent application is $50.
    • Students who plan to pursue only the Soil Management Graduate Certificate and do not plan to earn a master's degree do not need to submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the University.
    • Applicants must have official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School.
  3. Apply to Texas Tech University's Department of Plant and Soil Science.
  4. Check the Applications tab in your Raiderlink for notification of a change in your admissions status.
    • If you are accepted to the Graduate School and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Department of Plant and Soil Science, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan.

Program Requirements

Certificate programs can be pursued independently or concurrently with a master's program. Most courses are offered online; however, some courses are only offered face-to-face in Lubbock, Texas. Get additional course information.

Required Courses (6 Credit hours)
PSS 5331 Advanced Plant Nutrient Management
PSS 5335 Soil Physics
Optional Courses (6 Credit hours)
PSS 5231 Applied Geostatistics
PSS 5330 Advanced Environmental Soil Chemistry
PSS 5334 Soil and Crops of Arid Lands
PSS 5337 Advanced Soil Classification†
PSS 6331 Advanced Environmental Soil Science

All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

†Offered face-to-face only.