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Why Penn State?

Learn why you should enroll in a graduate program in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State.

"Penn State is ranked among the top 15 research institutions in the nation."

Diverse Academic Programs

Cutting-edge research

  • The College of Agricultural Sciences invests more than $89 million in research and graduate study yearly.
  • We offer students from around the world the opportunity to engage in dynamic study and cutting-edge research.
  • We investigate the science of plant and animal life, the environment and technology, the security of our food system, and agriculture’s social and economic impact on our future.

International Opportunities

  • Today's workplace requires employees who are familiar with other cultures and understand the global context of their decisions. Penn State students have more than 150 study abroad opportunities to choose from.

Job Placement

Penn State’s reputation and network of successful graduates around the world mean you’ll be part of the Penn State experience now and throughout your professional life.

Master's Degree Recipients

  • More than one-third go into government or public-sector jobs
  • another third work in industry or private sector positions
  • the remainder continue their graduate education

Doctoral Degree Recipients

  • More than half of doctoral degree recipients go into academia
  • one-third enter industry or the private sector
  • and the remainder work in government or public-sector positions.

Small class sizes

In our graduate programs, classes are small enough to allow you to be more than a face in the crowd. With class sizes averaging eleven students, the individual attention you desire is only a question away.

Financial support

Financial aid and support is available through University, college, and governmental fellowships as well as departmental teaching and research assistantships. Nearly $10 million is awarded annually in assistantships and fellowships that include stipend, tuition, and health, dental, and vision insurance. To receive priority consideration for fall semester assistantships and fellowships, students should apply by January 1.

Student Testimonials

“My adviser is key to my success in my Ph.D. program.  I strongly believe that the match between student and professor is very important for the development of good research and student’s achievement.”  --Ph.D.,  Agricultural and Extension Education

“We have renowned faculty members and great facilities.  The department does a great job networking students with industries and preparing them for the private sector.”  --M.S., Food Sciences

“I feel I work in a great community with supportive faculty and an open environment for the free exchange of ideas.”  --Ph.D., Plant Pathology