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Agriculture Graduate Program (Ph.D., M.S.)

Department of Agricultural Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree

Major in Agriculture (Major Code: 7500)

For information on how to apply for the Ph.D. degree in Agriculture and other requirements, go here:

Admission to the program is highly selective on a competitive basis and includes a secondary application.  Students interested in a doctoral research assistantship are strongly encouraged to visit campus and meet with the faculty in their proposed academic study area.

Additional information about the Ph.D. program can be found here. 

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants for the Ph.D. degree must have a bachelor's degree and a master’s degree (thesis preferred) from accredited institutions with at least one degree in an agricultural or closely related discipline  

  • Applicants must have a dissertation committee chair to supervise coursework and dissertation research projects

  • GPA of > 3.5 from master’s degree or > 3.0 GPA on master’s coursework (not including thesis, research, problems or directed studies)

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

  • Additional requirements for International students include:

  • Official transcripts, mark sheets, graduation certificates, etc., with certified English translations from all colleges and universities attended

  • Submit Foreign Credential Evaluation of foreign transcripts and documents

  • TOEFL (> 79 iBT) or IELTS (> 6.0) score

  • The Department of Agricultural Sciences has a secondary application process (“Application for Graduate Studies”) that will be sent to the student once they have applied to the University, sent official transcripts, and it has been determined that the student meets the minimum GPA requirements.  The “Application for Graduate Studies” includes reference forms to be completed by three individuals knowledgeable about the applicant, and essay questions to be completed by the applicant.  Also, the applicant must include an updated vita or resume.

 

NOTES:

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

  • After all documentation has been evaluated by the Department of Agricultural Sciences, the application file will be forwarded to the appropriate faculty for review.

  • Decisions about whether you are eligible for a doctoral research assistantship are not made until a faculty member has accepted the applicant into the Ph.D. program.

  • Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the Ph.D. degree program and/or a doctoral research assistantship.

  • Applicants previously admitted who do not enroll in courses for either a fall or spring semester must reapply to the University and must receive permission from the Ph.D. program for readmission.

  • Students should consult with the Coordinator of Graduate Admissions, for additional information about the Ph.D. degree program:

 

Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
Department of Agricultural Sciences
agscgradprgm@wtamu.edu

  • Other requirements:

Vaccinations: The bacterial meningitis vaccination is required of all students attending WTAMU. Please submit required Bacterial Meningitis Form as proof of vaccination.

NOTE: Students must be admitted before being eligible for federal financial aid.

Degree Requirements

Departmental Core

A core of 24 semester credit hours, including 12 semester credit hours of formal core courses:

Multi-Disciplinary Breadth

A minimum of nine additional semester credit hours with a minimum of three hours each in at least two of four departmental disciplines (AGBE, AGRI, ANSC, PSES) to ensure multidisciplinary breadth. Courses are to be chosen from:

Graduate Statistics

A minimum of six semester credit hours of graduate-level statistics equivalent to AGRI 7301  (Advanced Agricultural Statistics) and AGRI 7318 (Agricultural Statistical Analysis II) or above must be completed in residence for the Ph.D. degree. If this requirement is satisfied during the M.S. degree, six semester credit hours of electives, including research, may be substituted at the discretion of the student’s advisory committee and approval of the department head, dean of the college and dean of the Graduate School.

Discipline Depth


A minimum of six semester credit hours of Ph.D. level courses (7000- or 8000-level) to be chosen from:

Note:

At the discretion of the student’s advisory committee, the six semester credit hours may be in a single discipline.

Additional Credit Hour Requirements

Forty-five semester credit hours of electives from 6000-level or above courses, including research credits. No more than nine semester credit hours may accrue from AGRI 8095 , AGBE 8095 , ANSC 8095 , PSES 8095  or other independent or directed studies, and no more than six semester credit hours may accrue from directed studies in a single discipline.

Credit for Master of Science Degree


Up to 40 semester credit hours from a student’s Master of Science degree may be applied to the 90 required semester credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree upon the request of the student’s graduate advisory committee with the approval of the department head, dean of the college and dean of the Graduate School:

  • Up to six (6) semester credit hours of thesis,

  • Up to two (2) semester credit hours of seminar, and

  • Up to 32 semester credit hours from lecture, laboratory or independent study course

Master of Science (M.S.) Degree

Majors in Agriculture

Students seeking the M.S. degree in agriculture will select one of the following areas of concentration:

  • Agriculture (Major Code: 5513)
    • emphasis in Agricultural Business and Economics
    • emphasis in Agricultural Education
    • emphasis in Agricultural Media and Communication
  • Animal Science (Major Code: 5503)
  • Plant, Soil and Environmental Science (Major Code: 5526)

For further information, please click here.

Thesis Option (30 credit hours)

  • At least 18 hours credit from 6000-level and above courses.
  • At least 18 hours credit in courses offered in the Department of Agricultural Sciences.
  • At least one hour credit in graduate seminar (up to three hours credit can be used toward degree requirements).
  • AGRI 6316, and 7318 or other courses with approval.
  • Six hours credit of thesis (AGRI 6301 and 6302).
  • No more than four hours credit from individual study courses.
  • Successful completion of thesis and comprehensive exam.

Non-Thesis Option (36 credit hours)

  • At least 18 hours credit from 6000-level and above courses.
  • At least 18 hours credit in courses offered in the Department of Agricultural Sciences.
  • One hour credit in graduate seminar.
  • AGRI 6316 or other courses with approval.
  • Six hours credit in a supplementary area. (Not from courses in agricultural business and economics, animal science, or plant, soil and environmental science.
  • No more than six hours credit from individual study courses.
  • Successful completion of comprehensive exam.