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The Department of Crop Sciences offers programs leading to the Master of Science degree. Great flexibility exists for planning programs in various areas, and no rigid curricula are prescribed. The following areas of specialization, along with some of the corresponding disciplines, indicate the breadth of opportunities:

-plant pathology including epidemiology, control, mycology, phytobacteriology, virology, nematology, and host plant resistance;
-plant breeding and genetics including cytogenetics, molecular genetics, quantitative genetics, and genetics of host-pathogen interactions;
-molecular biology and physiology including biochemistry, plant physiology, tissue culture, and plant-pathogen interactions;
-crop production including management, crop ecology, plant nutrition, and international crop production;
-weed science including biology, control, and ecology;
-biometry including experimental design and data analysis;
-integrated pest management including response of crops to climate changes and fate of agricultural chemicals.

These areas of specialization apply to both agronomic and horticulture crops including ornamentals, turf grasses, fruits and vegetables.

The genomic and proteomic projects are generating large amounts of complex biological data that require effective storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation. The bioinformatics degree program provides students with the skills necessary to augment the understanding and use of agricultural, biological and medical information and resources through the application of molecular, chemical, physical, computational, statistical, mathematical and informatic techniques. Students interested in this program may come with undergraduate training in one of the following areas:

-biological and agricultural sciences,
-statistical, mathematical and computer sciences,
-informatics and engineering sciences.

Graduates from the bioinformatics program will be able to integrate basic and applied concepts in the three areas and apply them to biotechnology and medical research. For additional information, please see our website at cropsci.illinois.edu/graduate/programs/.

Course modules
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.

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

Total Hours 32

Other Requirements:
-Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 5
-Minimum 500-level Hours Required overall: 12
-Minimum GPA: 3.0

Non-Thesis Option:
-CPSC 594 Professional Orientation CPSC
-CPSC 598 Seminar (when presenting)
-Electives including at least 4 hours of graded coursework at the 500 level other than CPSC 599

Total Hours 32

Other Requirements:
-Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 1
-Minimum 500-level Hours Required overall: 12
-Minimum GPA: 3.0

Department of Crop Sciences
Creative experiences are boundless when you opt for advanced education in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. We offer advanced degree programs tailored to your specific interests that will prepare you for enriching and stimulating careers with a spectrum of public and private organizations in a global agricultural industry.

Our graduate degree recipients hold positions of leadership throughout the world. Our degree programs provide state-of-the-science education to match nearly every interest and career aspiration in crop sciences.

Department faculty is positioned at the leading edge of a growing knowledge base in crop sciences. We are committed to providing you with a nurturing environment for personal and professional growth.

All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency. Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS to the University. Additional information for international applicants can be found at: www.grad.illinois.edu/prospective/international.htm. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for applicants to all programs except the Online Master of Science degree program. Please see our web page for additional information: cropsci.illinois.edu/graduate/admission.

Medical Scholars Program
The Medical Scholars Program permits highly qualified students to integrate the study of medicine with study for a graduate degree in a second discipline, including Crop Sciences. Students may apply to the Medical Scholars Program prior to beginning graduate school or while in the graduate program. Applicants to the Medical Scholars Program must meet the admissions standards for and be accepted into both the doctoral graduate program and the College of Medicine. Students in the dual degree program must meet the specific requirements for both the medical and graduate degrees. On average, students take eight years to complete both degrees. Further information on this program is available by contacting the Medical Scholars Program, 125 Medical Sciences Building, (217) 333-8146 or at www.med.illinois.edu/msp





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