Skip to main content

Agriculture and Life Sciences (soil and Crop Sciences) M.P.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Soil and Crop Sciences

Program Description

The Field of Soil and Crop Sciences occupies a modern and diversified agronomic research facility. An air-conditioned, eleven-story research tower and adjoining wings incorporate fully equipped laboratory, teaching, office, and supporting spaces. Growth chambers and greenhouses are on the campus, and there are three main field stations near Ithaca. Some members of the field are staff members at the Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health or the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, both of which are on campus.

Many of the faculty members have research programs concerning international agricultural and environmental issues in tropical and subtropical regions. A limited number of students can do most or all of their research overseas.

Field Crop Science covers a wide spectrum, from field-scale applied projects to cell physiology and biotechnology. Studies seek to improve crop productivity and quality, both nationally and internationally, and to identify physiological factors that could be improved through plant breeding or genetic engineering.

Soil Science focuses on the processes and properties of the soil environment. It emphasizes improving the suitability of soil for crop growth while preserving its value as a natural resource by using ecologically sound approaches.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-3267

231 Emerson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • agronomy
  • environmental information science
  • environmental management
  • field crop sciences
  • soil science


2018-2019: $35,736

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Feb. 15: applications received after the application deadline will be considered if space is available

Requirements Summary:

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test for native English speakers

Learning Outcomes

Students in the MPS program participate in an engaged learning series designed to promote professional development and facilitate students’ career transitions after graduation. Workshops cover a wide array of topics related to career skill set development, including resume building, personal narrative development, mock interviews, effective team leadership, plus industry and Cornell Alumni networking events.