Graduate Programs

Our department offers the master of science and the doctor of philosophy degrees in the plant and soil sciences. Two graduate areas exist in the department, namely:

  1. Plant science, which includes the areas of plant molecular biology, plant breeding, plant pathology, plant tissue culture, landscape design, horticulture, crop science, plant anatomy and plant physiology; and
  2. Soil science, which includes soil chemistry, soil fertility and management, soil physics, soil microbiology and biochemistry, environmental microbiology, soil and water quality, and soil formation and biogeochemistry.

In addition to offering thesis and dissertation based degrees at the M.S. and Ph.D levels, we offer both a non-thesis M.S. degree and allows students to pursue the M.S. degree on a part-time basis, the latter particularly suited to individuals already in the workforce.

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Nicole Donofrio, Graduate Program Director

The Water Science and Policy Program is an interdisciplinary program, which capitalizes on existing strengths of University of Delaware faculty from many departments across four colleges, including Agriculture and Natural Resources, Earth, Ocean, and Environment, Engineering and Arts and Sciences.

The program offers three degree options:

  1. A Ph.D. with a water science concentration (36 credits)
  2. A Ph.D. with a water policy concentration (36 credits)
  3. A Master of Science with thesis (30 credits)