The Department of Horticulture offers graduate work leading to the Master of Agriculture (MAg), Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. The MS and PhD degrees culminate in original research reported in a thesis and are often pursued by students interested in research related careers, or who wish direct training in research methods. The MAg degree provides for broad training in several fields of agriculture, and is usually reserved for those not desiring the specialized research training and experience of the MS degree.

The department of Horticulture has strengths and expertise in three broad areas:

  • Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology. Faculty and students explore fundamental questions related to the control and regulation of plant traits using a variety of techniques and tools including molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics. Faculty and students also apply fundamental knowledge to make genetic improvements to crop plants and to modify plant growth and productivity. Current breeding programs exist in berry, hazelnut and vegetable systems.
  • Sustainable Crop Production. Faculty and students explore basic and applied questions related to the design and management of sustainable and productive horticultural cropping and farming systems. The program integrates a diverse set of disciplines and tools including basic plant sciences, applied crop management, and field experimentation and analysis. Program areas include viticulture and enology, berries and small fruit, tree fruit and nuts, vegetables, and nursery and greenhouse production.
  • Community and Landscape Horticultural Systems. Faculty and students explore basic and applied questions related to the design and function of urban and community landscapes including golf courses, sports fields, gardens, parks and open space. Program areas include turf and landscape management, community food systems, pollinator ecology, and sustainable landscapes.

The majority of graduate students in the department are supported by graduate research assistantships (GRAs). GRAs are usually associated with the various research projects that are administered by our faculty. Most research assistantships are on a part-time basis for 12 months each year. The standard appointment is at 49% time (0.49 full time equivalent or FTE). The department does not typically offer graduate teaching assistantships.

Admissions Requirements

Admit Term
  • Any Term
Required Tests
  • GRE

English Language Requirements ?

English language requirements for international applicants to this program are the same as the standard Graduate School requirements.


Additional Requirements

Application requirements, including required documents, letters, and forms, vary by program and may not be completely represented here. The processing of your application will not be completed until these requirements have been met. Please, before applying to this program, always contact the program office to confirm application requirements.

See contact information above.

Application Process

Please review the graduate school application process and Apply Online.

Dates & Deadlines ?

Admissions Deadline for all applicants
Funding Deadline for all applicants
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Available Concentrations ?

  • breeding, genetics and biotechnology
  • community and landscape horticultural systems
  • sustainable crop production

MAIS Participation

This program may serve as a primary, secondary, or third field of study in a MAIS degree.


AMP Participation ?

This program participates in the Accelerated Masters Platform (AMP)

AMP Contact
Caroline Charlton
Graduate Program Assistant
Department of Horticulture

AMP Advisor
John Lambrinos
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Horticulture