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Plant and Soil Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #301 (ARWU) Burlington, VT, United States
The Plant and Soil Science program offered by The University of Vermont is  concerned with the solution of horticultural and agronomic problems with special emphasis on environmental physiology, soil chemistry, pasture management, plant nutrition, and pest management.

About

Areas of research of the Plant and Soil Science program offered by The University of Vermont include winter hardiness of fruits, and woody and herbaceous ornamentals; cultural and environmental interrelationships as they affect plant growth, crop adaptation, and variety; pasture production and marginal land utilization; crop establishment and soil productivity; mycorrhizal fungi; soil chemistry of the rhizosphere; redox reactions in soils; the behavior of heavy metals; compost and organic matter research; behavior of nitrogen in the soil; nutrient availability to plants; agricultural waste management; biological control of insects, disease, and weeds; integrated pest management for control of insects, diseases, and weeds. A student's thesis research will be an integral part of the on-going research efforts of the department.

Program overview

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Home & Garden Horticulture
  • Intro to Ecological Agr
  • A Bug's Life
  • Special Topics
  • Entomology & Pest Mgmt
  • Weed Ecology & Management
  • Plant Pathology
  • Indoor Plants

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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General Requirements

  • minimum of seventy-five credits earned in courses and in dissertation research, including a minimum of thirty credits of course work
  • candidates for the doctoral degree must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 51 hours in residence
  • all doctoral candidates must acquire appropriate teaching experience in their chosen fields prior to the award of the degree
  • a written comprehensive examination in the field of study must be passed by the candidate at least six months before the dissertation is submitted
  • each candidate, while in residence at the University of Vermont, must complete an acceptable original research project which contributes new knowledge or techniques in an academic field

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    16768 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16768 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Burlington

  • 1269 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

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