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Master of Science in Plant and Soil Science


Program Description

There are four specialization areas for the M.S. in Plant and Soil Science. These specialization areas are as follows: Crop Protection, Crop Science, Fibers and Biopolymers, and Soil Science. In addition, the department has two options for a M.S. program. One option requires a thesis while the other does not. The non-thesis option is for individuals who need advanced skills in interpretation of data and synthesizing concepts from disparate sources of information, but do not intend to conduct research per se. The thesis option is for individuals who wish to develop research capabilities. The nonthesis option requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate level classes plus any additional leveling (undergraduate) classes deemed necessary by the students committee. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be formal PSS classes. For the thesis option, a student must take a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework. These 30 hours are generally comprised of 18 hours of formal coursework plus six hours of research (PSS 7000) and six hours of Masters thesis (PSS 6000).

Program Additional Details

Hours Required for Thesis: 30
Hours Required for Non-Thesis: 36
Mode-On Campus(Face-to-Face): Yes
Mode-Off Campus(Online): Yes
Mode-Hybrid: Yes

Additional Links

M.S. Degree programs in the PSS Department : http://www.pssc.ttu.edu/ProgramPages/graduate.php
How to apply to the PSS Department : http://www.pssc.ttu.edu/ProgramPages/gradapply.php
PSS Faculty and Research Interest : http://www.pssc.ttu.edu/faculty.php

Program Contact Information

Graduate Coordinator: Eric Hequet
E-mail: eric.hequet@ttu.edu
Phone: 806-834-0621

Department Contact Information

Department AddressDepartment of Plant and Soil Science
Campus Box 42122
Texas Tech University
Lubbock
TX 79409
Phone Number 806-834-8124
Fax Number 806-742-0775
Department Website http://www.pssc.ttu.edu

Graduate Catalog http://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/catalog/AG_PSS.php#Grad



Admission Requirements Admission Deadlines How To Apply Test Score Requirements Additional Requirements for International Students


Admission Requirements


Graduate School Requirements

Program Requirements

Letters of Recommendation required: 3

Recommendation Letter Instructions: The three letters need to be send to: Dr. Eric Hequet, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409-2122 Alternatively, the letters could be emailed to eric.hequet@ttu.edu but they need to originate from the person who wrote the letter.

Resume Required: Yes

Writing Samples Required: No

Departmental Application Required: Yes

Departmental Application Instructions: Prospective graduate students should apply using/visiting the TTU Graduate School Admissions page. All prospective graduate students need to take the GRE and non-domestic students need to take the TOEFL. Applicants are required to send a letter of interest (DOC)including the name of the faculty member with whom they wish to work (if known) and have three letters of recommendation sent to the Graduate Advisor. Applicants are also required to send a complete resume to the graduate advisor. The graduate advisor is Dr. Eric Hequet, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409-2122 (806) 834 0621, E-mail:eric.hequet@ttu.edu.

Prior Degree Required: Yes

Similar Undergraduate Major Required: No

Previous Work Sample Required: No

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Admission Deadlines


The Office of Graduate and International Admissions does not have a specific deadline for domestic applications; we strongly recommend that you have all of the required application materials in by the date listed below.


US Fall Deadlines US Spring Deadlines US Sum I Deadlines US Sum II Deadlines
September 10January 20June 2July 8

We will do our best to process applications and materials from international students that are received after the deadline, however we cannot guarantee that your application evaluation will be complete in enough time for a decision to be made by your prospective academic department.


International Fall Deadlines International Spring Deadlines International Sum I Deadlines International Sum II Deadlines
February 15July 15February 15February 15

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How To Apply


1) Apply to Graduate School : Fill out the online application at Apply Texas.

2) Pay your application fee: $60 initial application fee, $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program, or readmission). Application fees may be paid via ApplyTexas at the time of application submission or by credit card on our website.

3) Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator in your prospective department. Many departments have separate application requirements and deadlines, and the Graduate Program Coordinator will be able to assist you in your application process.

4) Send application requirements, from all of the colleges and universities that you have attended to Texas Tech University Graduate School.

Postal Mailing Address
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate and International Admissions
Box 41030
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030
Physical Mailing Address (Express Mail)
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate and International Admissions
Boston Ave. at Akron Ave.
Administration 328
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

Contact Information for Graduate School

If you have any questions about your application, call (806) 742-2781 or email: graduate.admissions@ttu.edu.
To check your application status, please check Raiderlink.

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Test Score Requirements


If both GRE and GMAT are listed as required, either are acceptable.


GRE GMAT
Yes Not Required

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Additional Requirements for International Students


These are the minimal English language proficiency scores. For a list of English proficiency exempt countries, please visit: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/admissions/international/exempt-countries.php.


TOEFL INTERNET TOEFL PAPER-BASED IELTS ELS CAE CPE
795506.5N/A N/A N/A

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