Graduate Information

Admission to Graduate Studies

Applications for all graduate degree programs are submitted online through the NC State Graduate School (see the "Apply to Graduate School" option at The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all U.S. citizens. Although there is no minimum score requirement, it is one of several metrics used by the Soil Science Department Graduate Committee to assess applicant qualifications. For Masters programs, an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater is preferred with evidence of training in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and soil science. For applicants whose native language is not English, minimum TOEFL score requirements on the interned-based test are a total score of at least 80 with minimum test scores of 18 each for listening, reading, writing and speaking. graduate programs

Financial Aid

Competitive graduate assistantships are available in our program areas of research for outstanding candidates to thesis-based Master and Doctoral programs. Students on assistantships have tuition waived and receive health insurance. University fees of approximately $1425/year are the responsibility of the student.

Additional Information and Contacts

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the Soil Science Department's website ( for details about research program areas, courses or contacts for individual faculty. A detailed description of policies, degree requirements and procedures for each graduate degree program are described in the Soil Science Department Graduate Student Handbook (

Specific questions about our graduate programs can be directed to:
Jot Smyth, Soil Science Graduate Program Director
(919) 515-2838

or, for the Distance Education Master Program,
David Crouse, Director of Soil Science Distance Education

Other Links of Interest

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NCSU Office of International Services -
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