Crop Sciences, MS

for the Master of Science in Crop Sciences


Candidates must complete 32 hours of graduate study as approved by their graduate guidance committee with at least a B average.  An oral final examination is required of all M.S. candidates, and written examinations may be required at the option of the examining committee.

The Online M.S. in Crop Sciences program enables students to strengthen their education typically through part-time study, as most students are working professionals. Courses are delivered mainly through online and other distance education technologies and occasional site-based programming (site-based courses are optional and not required to complete the degree). The Crop Sciences online M.S. program is typically completed as a non-thesis degree, but a thesis option can be pursued pending Departmental approval. The program has a 30-plus year history of providing high quality University of Illinois courses and began granting off-campus MS degrees in 1986 to agriculture professionals across Illinois, as well as in neighboring states. Students may enroll in individual courses for personal or professional advancement or may apply for admission to the master's degree program in Crop Sciences. Students who successfully complete three qualifying courses may also receive a Professional Development Certificate in Crop Sciences.

The Online M.S. in Crop Sciences program also works in conjunction with the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Online M.S. program and the Agriculture Education Online M.S. program to offer a diverse set of courses. The Department of Crop Sciences is looking to the future and the needs of non-traditional students. Therefore, new courses are continually in development for online delivery and blended formats. A student may complete their entire degree requirements online from anywhere in the world and they are available to in-state students and out-of-state students at the same tuition rates. For more information on Crop Sciences, the Online M.S. in Crop Sciences degree program or certificate offerings, please visit cropsci.illinois.edu/online-program.

Thesis Option

CPSC 594Professional Orientation CPSC1
CPSC 598Seminar (when presenting)1
Electives including at least 4 hours of graded coursework at the 500 level other than CPSC 59918
CPSC/PLPA 599Thesis Research (min-max applied toward degree)12
Total Hours32

Other Requirements1

Other requirements and conditions may overlap
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 5
Minimum 500-level Hours Required overall: 12
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Non-Thesis Option

CPSC 594Professional Orientation CPSC1
CPSC 598Seminar (when presenting)1
Electives including at least 4 hours of graded coursework at the 500 level other than CPSC 59930
Total Hours32

Other Requirements1

Other requirements and conditions may overlap
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 1
Minimum 500-level Hours Required overall: 12
Minimum GPA: 3.0