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Thesis and Non-Thesis Options

The following requirements apply to each of our three online graduate programs in the College of Agriculture.  The thesis option leads to a Master of Science degree, and the non-thesis option leads to a Master of Agriculture or Master of Turfgrass Management degree. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available for the master’s program in Agronomy and Soils as well as Soil, Water and Environmental Science.

 

Thesis


Non-Thesis


Master of Science
Master of Agriculture
Master of Turfgrass
Management

Minimum Background Courses

There are no background course requirements to be admitted into our online degree programs.  However, in order to succeed it is suggested students have general background courses in the subjects listed below, and students lacking these courses may be required to take these courses prior to or following admission into their program.

NOTE: a student’s graduate committee may require additional courses.

See also our Course Prerequisite Quick Reference Guide

 

MINIMUM:

   
SOIL SCIENCE OPTION
CROP/WEED SCIENCE OPTION
 
Chemistry – 2 semesters Chemistry – 2 semesters  
Biology – 2 semesters Biology – 2 semesters  
if taking Soil Physics: Physics – 1 semester
RECOMMENDED:
Plant Physiology – 1 semester
Botany – 1 semester 
 

MINIMUM:

 
SOIL SCIENCE OPTION
CROP/WEED SCIENCE OPTION
Chemistry – 2 semesters Chemistry – 2 semesters
Biology – 2 semesters Biology – 2 semesters
if taking Soil Physics: Physics – 1 semester  
 
 
RECOMMENDED: 
RECOMMENDED: 
Calculus I – 1 semester Calculus I – 1 Semester
Organic Chemistry – 1 semester Organic Chemistry – 1 semester
  Plant Physiology – 1 Semester
  Botany – 1 semester
  Genetics – 1 semester

MINIMUM:

 
Chemistry – 2 semesters Hydrology courses for non-engineering majors: Physics and Calculus II
Biology – 2 semesters Hydrology courses involving modeling: Physics and Calculus III
Physics – 1 semester  
   
RECOMMENDED:
 
Organic Chemistry – 1 semester    

MINIMUM:

Chemistry – 1 Semester
Biology – 2 semesters

Residency Requirement

Auburn Agriculture Online master’s students are not required to come to campus. However, they are expected to interact on a regular basis with their major professor and graduate committee, and to participate in other ways in the department such as in seminars as well as online classes.

Time Required

Although a Master’s degree in Agronomy and Soils may take a full time student up to two years to complete, distance education students who do not take a full load will require more time. Those with scholastic deficiencies of any sort may also require additional time. Also, for those doing a Master of Science degree, research is unpredictable and frequently requires more time than anticipated.