Graduate Studies

We are pleased you are considering the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University for your graduate studies! Whether you are interested in pursuing a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree, you will find dedicated and caring faculty, staff, and students ready to welcome you to our program.

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Our department offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Crop Science and Soil Science, with the ability to conduct graduate research in a variety of specialized areas within each discipline.

Current research in Crop Science is being conducted in the areas of plant breeding and genetics, molecular genetics, crop production, turf management, weed science, plant physiology, and cereal chemistry.  We work with wheat, forages, barley, grain legumes, brassicas and turf.

The Soil Science program supports two major, overlapping research themes:  sustainable agriculture and vadose zone hydrology.  Within these broad themes, faculty lead collaborative research on organic, conservation and precision agriculture, biogeochemistry, contaminant transport, storm water management, nutrient cycling, microbial dynamics, climate change mitigation, proximal soil sensing, digital soil mapping, and bioenergy development. Soils faculty work closely with crops and horticulture faculty and with the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach to apply this expertise to sustainable natural and agricultural systems.

Research facilities include state of the art laboratories and greenhouse facilities, and research farms located in Pullman, as well as throughout the state at five Research and Extension Centers. Graduate students learn valuable skills and knowledge working side by side with faculty members and research technicians providing them the opportunity to play an integral role in the advancement of their major advisor’s research. Students also have the opportunity to gain leadership, communication, and instructional experience through the option of serving as teaching assistants for one or more courses within their discipline.

How to Apply

Instructions for applying to the graduate program are explained here.

Funding Opportunities

A listing of current assistantship and fellowship opportunities are listed here.

More Study Options

  • M.S. in Agriculture
    The emphasis of the Master of Science in Agriculture program is on the agricultural professional, practitioner, and educator. It addresses the increased need for prepared individuals capable of applying new and emerging technologies and scientific findings to ongoing issues in production agriculture.
  • Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture
    The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture provides post-baccalaureate students with an interdisciplinary understanding of practices and current issues in sustainable agriculture, along with the science that makes it work.