Ph.D. On Campus

Plant and Soil Science

The University of Vermont

48 months
1720 USD/credit 51600 USD/year
1720 USD/credit 51600 USD/year
683 USD/credit 20490 USD/year
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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.


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

Prospective Plant and Soil Science students should be in dialogue with prospective advisors before and during the application process.  We encourage site visits prior to application and/or acceptance into the program.

In addition to the requirements below, some programs may have their own specific requirements. Students must consult and familiarize themselves with their program requirements.

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

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

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  • International

    51600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1720 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • National

    51600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1720 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • In-State

    20490 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit during 48 months.

Living costs for Burlington

1269 - 1888 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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