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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
  • Biotechnology
  • 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

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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.

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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.

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Master's Degree in Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences

This program offers a non-thesis, interdisciplinary master's degree degree to nontraditional students who are bound by place and therefore unable to pursue a degree on campus.

This program is comprised of required core courses in biology, chemistry, physics, hydrology and pedology in addition to electives tailored to meet students' interests and career needs.

Courses are offered online by UGA faculty, in addition to faculty from Auburn University, Clemson University, University of Kentucky, North Carolina State University and Texas Tech University as part of the AG*IDEA (Agriculture Interactive Distance Education Alliance) program.

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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.

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