Distance Education Master's Programs

Both Thesis Option and the Non-Thesis Options are available in Agronomy and Soils.

Course Work

At least one-half of all credit hours toward the minimum degree requirement must be earned in 7000- and 8000-level courses, which are courses for graduate students only. The remainder may be in 6000-level courses.

Plan of Study

Early in the graduate program, each student should confer with their major professor to select courses and discuss research interests. Then a plan of study should be prepared and submitted to the Graduate School. The Plan of Study should be prepared and submitted to the Graduate School. The Plan of Study form for the graduate school is available on the web at www.grad.auburn.edu or on the Graduate School website. For full-time students, the Plan of Study must be submitted no later than the end of the first semester in Graduate School. The department also has additional forms that must be submitted (see links).  For part-time students, the plan of study must be submitted before registration for the fourth course taken in Graduate School. Notification of all changes must be provided before the beginning of the final semester. One to three changes may be made by using the simplified "Change in Existing Plan of Study Form" available at the Graduate School or on the web. Four or more changes require a new Plan of Study.

The student is responsible for carrying out the planned program and for asking the major professor to make necessary changes.

NO STUDENT will be permitted to graduate who fails to submit a Plan of Study to the Graduate School prior to the semester of expected graduation. Graduation day is the official last day of each semester and, therefore, is the deadline for submitting Plans of Study and graduate checks for graduation the following semester.

Residency Requirement

Distance education master’s students are not required to come to campus.  However, they are expected to interact on a regular basis with their major professor and graduate committee and to participate in other ways in the department such as in seminars as well as online classes.

Time Required

Although a Master’s degree in Agronomy and Soils may take a full time student up to two years to complete, distance education students who do not take a full load will require more time. Those with scholastic deficiencies of any sort may also require additional time. Also, for those doing a Master of Science degree, research is unpredictable and frequently requires more time than anticipated.

Summary of Procedures for Master's Degree Program

The student should:

  • Obtain application forms from the Graduate School and apply for admission by submitting completed forms and other required materials as outlined in this Bulletin.
  • Become familiar with requirements for the desired degree as outlined in this Bulletin.
  • Consult with departmental advisor and become oriented to departmental procedures.
  • Plan schedule of study for the first semester with advisor.
  • Establish an advisory committee through the department head or chair and departmental advisor; usually done during the first semester of course work. Prepare a proposed Plan of Study in consultation with the advisory committee. Submit a plan approved by the committee and department head to the Graduate School no later than the second semester. Consult with the advisor on approval for the thesis plan, if pertinent, and become familiar with the Guide To the Preparation and Submission of Theses and Dissertations, available in the University Bookstore and on the web. Fulfill language requirements, if any. Request graduation check in the Graduate School no later than the last day of the semester (graduation day) prior to the semester of graduation. Notify the Graduate School of the intent to graduate no later than the fifteenth class day of the semester of graduation. Prepare thesis manuscript, if pertinent.
  • Arrange for final oral examination with advisory committee. The exam may be by audio-video connection or the student may travel to Auburn for the oral examination.
For more information see the: Auburn University Bulletin
or visit the Auburn University Graduate School

Last Updated: July 22, 2013

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