Master's Degree Programs
Master's Degree in Crop and Soil Sciences
This degree develops a strong understanding of the scientific method, critical thinking skills, communication and technical skills, and an in-depth knowledge in one of these areas:
- Plant breeding and genetics
- Weed management and physiology
- Crop production and management
- Forage production and utilization
- Fundamental soil sciences
- Agricultural micrometeorology
- Soil erosion and conservation
- Soil fertility and plant nutrition
Dual Master's Degree in Crop and Soil Sciences (Sustainable Agriculture)
Students admitted to the master's degree program in crop and soil sciences can apply to the new dual master's degree program between the University of Georgia and the University of Padova, Italy. Students spend one year at UGA taking classes and one year at the University of Padova engaged in research.
Upon completion of the program, the student receives a master's degree in crop and soil sciences with an emphasis in sustainable agriculture from UGA and a laurea magistrale in sustainable agriculture from the University of Padova.
Master's Degree in Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics
This degree is offered through the Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, an organization that develops improved plant cultivars from agronomic and horticultural species of importance to Georgia, the United States and the world.
Faculty at the institute train graduate students in modern plant breeding methods and conduct basic research on the genetics of crop traits important to agriculture and humankind. Interested students should apply for admission through the institute.
Master's Degree in Plant Protection and Pest Management
The master's degree in plant protection and pest management (MPPPM) program is a non-thesis, professional master’s degree program supported by the entomology, crop and soil sciences and plant pathology departments.
Graduates receive comprehensive, multidisciplinary training in integrated pest management (IPM) of insect, plant disease and weed pests of agricultural, commercial and home commodities. Students also become proficient in solving pest management problems encountered by growers and other agricultural professionals, as well as urban pest control. Additionally, students are able to teach IPM using a blend of pest control strategies that includes pesticides, transgenic crops, cultural operations and biological control.
MPPPM graduates are trained for employment as IPM professionals in the pest control industry, pesticide and fertilizer services, Cooperative Extension and regulatory agencies.