Graduate Programs

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Plant and Soil Sciences: Ph.D., M.S.


The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences offers graduate programs that lead to degrees of master of science and doctor of philosophy in plant and soil sciences. The objectives of the programs are to equip the student with the background and techniques necessary for degree completion, opportunities for advanced study in the plant and soil sciences, and job placement.

Special items available for student research include field, state-of-the-art greenhouse and growth chamber facilities, radioisotope room, scintillation counters, gas and liquid chromatographs, X-ray diffractometer, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, pressure-jump relaxation apparatus, atomic absorption spectrophotometers, inductively coupled plasma spectrometer, low- and high-speed centrifuges, microtomes, electrophoretic apparatus, cold rooms, atomic force and electron microscopes, carbon-nitrogen-sulfur analyzer, DNA sequencers, and a bioinformatics center.


Application Deadlines


December 15: Priority consideration for funding
July 1: Final deadline to apply


September 1: Priority consideration for funding
January 15: Final deadline to apply

UD Tuition

The 2024-2025 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1,069.