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Plant and Environmental Sciences Interdepartmental Graduate Program

Dr. Halina Knap, Graduate Coordinator
272 Plant & Animal Science Building, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0315 Telephone: 864-656-3102     E-mail:


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Doctor of Philosophy

The completion of 18 credit hours research is required. Comprehensive written and oral examinations are administered when most of the course work has been completed. Successful comprehensive examination allows student’s admission to candidacy for the PHD degree. PHD students should demonstrate leadership and creativity when conducting research that culminates in submission of a dissertation. The final examination is primarily a defense of the dissertation. The candidate is judged based on knowledge in academic area of specialization, quality of research, interpretations and conclusions reached in dissertation.

Master of Science

Thesis Option: Students must complete 24 credit hours of course work. At least one-half of the student’s courses, as listed on the GS-2 form, must be at the 800 level. A minimum of six credit hours of research is required. The student must present and defend a thesis based on original research.

Non-thesis option: Thirty credit hours of course work are required. Students who plan careers in public gardening, landscape design, extension, consulting or agri-business must undertake a professional development/public service project in lieu of thesis-related research. Studies in plant health and integrated pest management are also available under this option.

For more information see Graduate Student Handbook > >

Participating Departments: Biological Sciences -- Environmental Horticulture -- Entomology, Soils, & Plant Sciences

College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences -- Public Service and Agriculture (PSA)

Contact -- Halina Knap -- Telephone 864-656-3102

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