Master of Science Programs
Our cross-cutting, research-based master’s program trains future management professionals to confidently enter a variety of natural resource-related professions within state, federal or private entities. Research in these fields is supported by our disciplinary expertise in autecology and synecology, evolutionary biology, resource sociology, animal behavior, physiology, animal diseases and parasitology, bioenergetics, nutrition, genetics, systems analysis and modeling.
Requirements Leading to the Master of Science Degree
32 graduate credit hours beyond the B.S. degree; general requirements are:
- 23 course hours approved by the student’s advisory committee and the Office of Graduate Studies
- One course (minimum of 3 hrs.) in statistics
- Graduate seminar (1 hr.)
- No more than 8 hours of SCSC 691 (Research) or SCSC 685 (Directed Studies)
- No more than 9 hours of upper level (300 and 400) undergraduate courses and no graduate credit for the following courses required for a B.S. degree: SCSC 101 SCSC 105 SCSC 301
A thesis written on original research as directed by student’s advisory committee.
Master of Science Programs
A Master of Science in Agronomy degree provides advanced knowledge and skills in crop production, soil management, and agricultural research.
Food Science and Technology
A Master of Science in Food Science and Technology degree equips students with expertise in food processing, safety, and product development.
A Master of Science in Genetics degree explores the study of genes and heredity, focusing on genetic research and analysis.
Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences
A Master of Science in Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences degree integrates molecular biology and environmental sciences to study plant life and ecosystems.
A Master of Science in Plant Breeding degree trains students in advanced techniques to develop improved crop varieties and enhance agricultural productivity.
Plant Breeding Distance Education
Our fully online plant breeding graduate degree programs offer students the flexibility to pursue a higher degree while maintaining employment, personal, and other commitments.
A Master of Science in Soil Science degree focuses on studying soil composition, fertility, and management for sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation.
Water Management and Hydrologic Science
A Master of Science in Water Management and Hydrologic Science degree focuses on studying water resources, hydrology, and sustainable water management practices.
The Soil and Crop Sciences Department at Texas A&M University offers a wide range of distance education opportunities. The plant breeding distance education program offers online Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Breeding as well as a robust continuing education program for agriculture professionals seeking further plant breeding education but who are not interested in a degree program. Additionally, the Regulatory Science in Food Systems program, administered by the Office of the Texas State Chemist, provides professional development in the field of regulatory science through an online graduate Certificate in Regulatory Science in Food Systems or online professional development courses.
Texas A&M University is the premier choice to gain a graduate degree, thanks to our national academic ranking and high financial value. Joining the Aggie Family and gaining an advanced degree from Texas A&M puts students in the highest class of job candidates.
Official TOEFL scores are required for international applicants. Official scores must be sent by ETS directly to Texas A&M University using the school code: 6003. Visit the Graduate and Professional School website for a list of requirements, exemptions and other useful information regarding the TOEFL/IELTS Exams.
Students will receive an admissions decision either in a letter from the Texas A&M University Office of Admissions or from the department.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
By submitting a financial aid application through the university, students are reviewed for all the types of financial aid that they are eligible for. Remember: each student’s financial aid eligibility may vary. The types of financial aid students are offered is based on the data provided on their financial aid and/or scholarship application.