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D​eadlines for Applications

U.S. Resident

Semester Date
Fall April 15
Spring October 15
Summer April 15
 

International Applicants

Semester Date
Fall April 15
Spring September 15
Summer February 15
 
Your application package to the Department of Agronomy is complete once all the following information has been received.
(International Applicants) All official documents must be in English language, or they must be in the native language AND accompanied by an official translation.
  1. Graduate school application to Department of Agronomy.
  2. Privacy Act Release form.
  3. Official transcripts of grades from each college or university at which you matriculated, which are to be sent to Chairman, Graduate Committee by the Registrar(s) of the respective university or universities.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.
  5. Statement of Purpose.
  6. A nonrefundable fee of $60 for domestic applicants and $75 for international applicants (drawn on U.S. funds through a U.S. bank) is required for application for graduate study at Purdue University. It is University policy that no action be taken on your application until the fee is received. If you have a previous graduate record at Purdue, you are not required to pay an application fee.
  7. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (test results should be requested from E.T.S. including both institution [R1631] and department [0104 ] codes).
  8. (​International Applicants) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores if you are applying from abroad (A minimum TOEFL score of 550 will be required for admission to Purdue University Graduate School for all non-native speakers of English, effective for the fall semester of 1990. Test results [institution code 1631] should be requested to be sent from E.T.S. to Purdue University).
  9. (International Applicants) TWE (Test of Written English) scores if you are applying from abroad (A TWE score of five or above (scale: 1=low, 6=high) will be evidence of acceptable proficiency in English composition. Students who do not submit TWE scores with their application or students scoring less than five on the TWE will be referred by the Graduate School to the Office or Writing Review for further evaluation of their proficiency in English composition).
Once your completed application (including test scores) has been received by the Department of Agronomy, the departmental Graduate Committee will review and act on your application. Allow approximately two months, after your application is completed, for a decision on recommendation for admittance and availability of a graduate research assistantship.

More importantly, if you wish to be considered for an assistantship or fellowship, contact the faculty member with whom you are most interested in working. They will be able to tell you whether or not they have the funds to support you. If you will be independently supported, contact them anyway to get an idea of what they are working on and if they would be willing to work with you.
 
 
 
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Degree Requirements

In the Department of Agronomy there are three graduate degree tracks most students take. A Masters non-thesis, Masters thesis and Doctoral degrees are all offered. Find out more about each degree below. 

Masters Requirements

Master’s Degree  -  Non-thesis
33 credit hours, including 1 hour seminar
3 credit hours, but not more than 6 credits of special problems GRAD 612 required
Total of 36-39 credit hours.
Master’s Degree - Thesis
24 credit hours. Must include 1 credit hour of GRAD 612
6 research credit hours
Total of 30 credit hours

 

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Current students who do not have an approved plan of study by the graduate school will have the option to follow the current requirments or be included int he new plan. Students who have an approved plan of study by the graduate school do not qualify for this option. Students entering in January 2011 can only follow the new credit hour requirement.
 
Doctoral Degree
27 course credits
9 departmental core credits
Total of 36 credit hours

*Six credit hours may be independent study, but not with the student’s major professor.  Students must have prior approval from the Agronomy Graduate Committee for independent study credits - provide objectives, syllabus and deliverables.  
Department Core Credit Hours
(3) Statistics (STAT 503 or 511, or equivalent)
(3) Statistics 512 (encouraged) or 514                          
(1) Ethics
(2) Seminar  
Total of 9 credit hours  
* The preliminary exam structure will remain the same, but will be reviewed by agronomy faculty in the future. There is no qualifying exam required.
* Students may take more than 36 credit hours as directed by their discipline or major professor.
 

Core Science Requirements for Doctoral Students 

The Agronomy Department has a long-standing requirement for all students earning a Ph.D. in the department, to have a minimum level of coursework in each of the four basic areas of science: biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus.  This requirement is based in part on the belief that for a person to earn a doctorate in a scientific field such as ours, they should have a basic understanding of all the basic sciences.  The current requirements are also similar to what we require of our strong science majors (B.S. level) in our department.  These requirements help ensure that our students are well-grounded and well-rounded in science. 

The following core science and mathematics courses, or their equivalent, are required of all Ph.D. candidates.  Students deficient in these courses will be required to take them during their degree program.  These remedial courses may be taken for a letter grade (A, B, C, …) or Pass/No Pass.

·         Subject Area: CHEMISTRY with LABORATORY (3-9 credits).  Topics including: Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, Physical.

·         Subject Area:  PHYSICS with LABORATORY (3-6 credits).  Topics should include: Newtonian mechanics; energy quantization; entropy; the kinetic theory of gases, conservation of mass, energy, momentum; fluid statics and dynamics; heat; electricity and magnetism; Light and optics. 

·         Subject Area:  MATHEMATICS (3-6 credits). Topics should include: Derivatives, anti-derivatives, definite integrals, indefinite integrals, limit theorem, optimization/ maxima and minima of functions, differentiation, numerical integration, symbolic integration, alternating series, complex numbers.

·         Subject Area:  BIOLOGY with LABORATORY (3-6 credits). Topics should include:  diversity, principles governing the development of multi-cellular animals and plants; evolution in producing biological complexity and variability; chemistry of basic macromolecules important in cells and their roles in cellular processes; and the structure and function of either animals or plants.​
 
Minimum of 1 semester (3 credits) in each of the 4 areas: biology, chemistry, physics and math.
·       Minimum of 7 semesters total in the 4 areas. 
 
In essence, this allows students to have only one semester of coursework in each of two areas that are less directly related to their work.  For example, students coming from plant biology might take only one semester each of physics and calculus, while those coming from engineering might take one semester of biology and two semesters of chemistry.
 
Note—there has always been the option to petition for a substitution or exemption under exceptional circumstances, and the Graduate Committee reaffirms that option.  A more advanced math class (linear algebra, for ex.) might be able to substitute for a second semester of calculus.  A written petition to the Graduate Committee, explaining the request and the rationale, will be reviewed and a decision made on a case by case basis.  In the case of a course that the petitioner claims is equivalent to the requirement (most often with some international students), an explanation of that equivalency, consisting of a course syllabus or detailed description of course content, should be included.