Graduate Student Resources

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Current Graduate Students

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Degree Requirements

Master's Degrees


Degree Requirements


  • Memorandum of Courses
  • Supervisory Committee Formation form
  • Progress Report and Confidential Report (once per year)

In your final semester

Exact Due Dates

Doctoral Degrees

Degree Requirements


  • Program of study and Supervisory Committee formation
  • Comprehensive Exam and Candidacy – completed 7 months prior to expected graduation

In your final year

  • Application for Graduation
  • Application for Final Oral Examination – due to department 4 weeks prior to Dissertation submission
  • Defense/Final Presentation form – due to the department 6-weeks prior to defense/final presentation. Schedule a day and room for your defense with Lisa Hilfiker.
  • Report of Completion
  • For exact due dates, more information, and current forms see Graduate Studies Steps to Completion

Exact Due Dates


Students pursuing an online M.S. in Agronomy Degree can choose between two tracks.

Option A (Thesis)

30 credit hours total

  • Minimum of 15 credit hours (including AGRO 899) in agronomy
  • Minimum of 8 credit hours (in addition to AGRO 899) in graduate-only courses
  • 6-10 credit hours of AGRO 899 (thesis hours)
  • Successful completion of AGRO 991 and AGRO 992.
  • 20-24 credit hours of graduate coursework (minor optional)

Option B (Project)

30 credit hours total

  • Minimum of 15 credit hours (including AGRO 894) in agronomy courses
  • Minimum of 15 credit hours (including AGRO 894) in graduate-only courses
  • 3 credit hours of AGRO 894 (project hours)
  • Successful completion of AGRO 991
  • Optional minor; minimum of 9 credit hours


Graduate student teaching class

Center for Transformative Teaching Workshops

TA Teaching Programs, Tools, and Resources

All on-campus graduate students in the Department are encouraged to incorporate meaningful teaching experiences in their programs. Examples include: teaching or assisting in lab or lecture; organizing seminars; giving presentations; and contributing to extension and other educational outreach efforts. The student's teaching experience should be noted on their Annual Progress Report. The student's advisor should assist in contacting teaching faculty to arrange for appropriate teaching or extension opportunities.

Graduate Student Services

Contact Lisa with any questions or needed support related to your graduate program.

Lisa Hilfiker

Lisa Hilfiker

Graduate Program Coordinator
202 Keim Hall
Questions? Contact Lisa