Plant and Soil Sciences Graduate Program

MS student, Emily Kennebeck
MS student, Emily Kennebeck, is working on a NASA project to grow hydroponic lettuce and mustard greens under different CO2 levels and light qualities.

One graduate program. Two concentrations. Three degree options.


Plant Science
involves course work in plant molecular biology, plant breeding, plant pathology, plant tissue culture, horticulture, crop science, plant anatomy and/or plant physiology with thesis research in one of those areas.

Soil Science involves course work and thesis research in soil chemistry, soil fertility and management, soil physics, soil microbiology and biochemistry, environmental microbiology, soil and water quality and soil formation and biogeochemistry.

Degree options:

  • Ph.D. dissertation degree
  • M.S. thesis degree
  • M.S. non-thesis degree (full- or part-time)
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    23rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture Conference

    February 23, 2024 | Written by Michele Walfred, Communications Specialist, Master Gardener
    The 23rd annual Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture Conference, with more than 200 in attendance, was held on Feb. 15, 2024, at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Maryland. Five UD extension staff led workshops at the event.
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    February 22, 2024 | Written by Katie Peikes Photos by Evan Krape and Andrew Hill
    Tidal salt marshes are fairly common across the Mid-Atlantic. These coastal ecosystems provide habitat for plants, birds and fish. Existing at the intersection of land and sea, tidal salt marshes act as armor against hurricanes and shoreline erosion.
  • Understanding Inflation's Impact: From Grocery Bills to Farming Costs

    February 21, 2024 | Written by Kofi Britwum – Assistant Professor of Farm Management (britwum@udel.edu)
    Whether you actively monitor the price of individual items during your grocery trips or not, you have likely noticed an increase in your overall grocery bill compared to what you paid for a similar basket of goods just a couple of years ago. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that food inflation surged by 23.5% between February 2020 and May 2023.

Application process update:  Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the program of PLSC is waiving the GRE requirement for our graduate program.  If you wish to apply without a GRE score, please enter a future GRE exam date into the application.  It need not be a legitimate exam date.  Entering a future exam date causes the system to finish your application and send it on to our review committee where it will receive full consideration.