Ph.D. in Agriculture

Ph.D. in Agriculture

All Ph.D. students in HCS must complete a curriculum of courses that encompass crop physiology, ecology, plant breeding and biotechnology, and experimental design. The candidacy examination is a single examination consisting of two portions, written and oral, administered under the auspices of the Graduate Studies Committee in conjunction with the student’s SAC and the Graduate School. The candidacy examination is a test of the student’s comprehension of the field, allied areas of study, his or her capacity to undertake independent research, and his or her ability to think and express ideas clearly.

Guidelines

  1. Satisfactory completion of the candidacy examination and submission of the Candidacy Examination Report form to the Graduate School
  2. Registration for at least three graduate credit hours during the semester or summer session when the candidacy and final oral examinations are taken and during the semester or summer session in which graduation is expected
  3. Submission of the Application to Graduate form to the Graduate School no later than the third Friday of the semester (or third Friday of May session for summer session commencement) in which graduation is expected
  4. Completion of a minimum of 80 graduate credit hours, at least 50 of which must be completed beyond the master’s degree
  5. Completion of the following residency requirements after the master’s degree has been earned or after the first 30 hours of graduate credit have been completed:
  • A minimum of 24 graduate credit hours must be completed at this university
  • A minimum of two consecutive pre-candidacy semesters or one semester and a summer session with full time enrollment
  • A minimum of six graduate credit hours over a period of at least two semesters or on semester and a summer session after admission to candidacy
  1. Graduate cumulative point-hour ratio of at least 3.0
  2. Approval of dissertation draft by the dissertation committee members and submission of the Draft Approval form and the dissertation draft to the Graduate School at least two weeks before the date of the final oral examination
  3. Satisfactory completion of the final oral examination and submission of the Final Oral Examination Report form to the Graduate School by the published deadline for the semester or summer session of graduation
  4. Electronic submission of the approved dissertation and a separate 500-word or less abstract by the published deadline for the semester or summer session of graduation
  5. Submission of Final Approval form and Survey of Earned Doctorates after electronic submission and acceptance of dissertation by the published deadline for the semester or summer session of graduation
  6. Completion of Ph.D. degree requirements within five years after being admitted to candidacy
     

Ph.D. Program Goals