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Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

New England Regional Soil Science Certificate Program

Boost your career mobility and professional credibility through certification as a Professional Soil Scientist. With environmental sustainability at the forefront of global decision making, credentialed scientists with a solid background in soil pedology, chemistry, microbiology, and morphology are in growing demand.

Our part-time, short-term program—which includes some online courses at UMass Amherst—lets you keep working while you meet the minimum academic requirements for certification at your own pace — even without a master’s degree. Whether your background is in wetland delineation, site suitability assessment, agricultural applications or other areas, this structured yet flexible program gives you the endorsement you need to expand your work with private companies, government research agencies and public institutions around the globe.

Program Details

Program partners: The six land-grant universities in New England.

Format: Courses may be taken at any of the six sponsoring institutions.

Certificate requirements: Successful completion of 15 semester credits of soil science, distributed among various areas of the field.

Certifying agencies: Certification is awarded by organizations outside of the cooperating institutions, including the Society of Soil Scientists of Southern New England ( and the American Society of Agronomy (

For more information:
Caanin Manson
Student Support and Outreach
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