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Graduate Programs

The School of Plant and Environmental Sciences offers PhD and MS degrees in three programs: Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences; Horticulture; and Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science. Within each program students are engaged in several fields of study related to departmental faculty research including resilient crop production, sustainable land management systems, ecological restoration, omic sciences, and allied technologies.

Deciding between our three plant and environmental sciences graduate programs?  

Each of our graduate programs highlighted below features a unique portfolio of opportunities for graduate research leading to the PhD or MS using advanced technologies to addresses the most pressing challenges to world food production and the health of our communities and the environment. There are extensive opportunities to design thesis or dissertation research involving interdisciplinary collaborations among the three SPES graduate degree programs and with other outstanding research programs throughout Virginia Tech.