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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I start the application process?

A: The first step in the process is to complete an application form with the WSU Graduate School.


Q: Is there an application deadline?

A: The WSU priority application deadlines are the same for both domestic and international students and are outlined below. The Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences will still consider applications received past these dates as much as possible.

(beginning mid-August)
(beginning mid-January)
priority deadline–Jan 10 priority deadline–July 1


Q: Is it necessary to contact faculty members before applying?

A:  It is not necessary; you are encouraged to apply and give the faculty a chance to review your complete application.


Q: How do I find out about assistantship or scholarship opportunities?

A: Answers to these questions are addressed on our ‘funding opportunities’ page.


Q: I’m interested in studying for an MS or PhD in Organic Agriculture. What opportunities are available in your department?

A: While there is not a MS or PhD in Organic Agriculture degree, you can pursue a degree in either Crop Science or Soil Science with an emphasis on organic agriculture. We have several faculty and graduate students who work in the areas of organic and sustainable agriculture. Additionally, WSU has an Organic research and teaching farm located near the Pullman campus which provides students with on-farm research and education opportunities.


Q: I’m interested in getting a PhD from your program. Will I be required to do a lab rotation during my first year?

A: Our students begin work with their advisor upon arriving at WSU. There is no lab rotation required, however your research project may involve work with more than one faculty member and/or laboratory.


Q. Does WSU provide health insurance for graduate students?

A. Yes. WSU provides the Graduate Student Assistant Medical and Dental Insurance Plan for students with assistantships, with the option of adding a spouse or same-sex domestic partner and children.