Horticulture Graduate Studies

Horticulture Graduate Studies

Graduate study offered in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences leads to the Master of Science in Plant and Soil Sciences degree with concentration in Horticulture and also to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Plant and Soil Sciences with a concentration in Horticulture. The Horticulture concentration within the Plant and Soil Sciences degrees also offers a minor in Floral Management. A graduate degree in Plant and Soil Sciences with a concentration in Horticulture allows students to gain expertise in plant genetics, nutrition, marketing, and a myriad of other topics.


Master of Science - Thesis Option

The Master's of Science degree in Plant and Soil Sciences with an agronomy concentration is a research degree program. The 30-hour curriculum includes an exit seminar to describe the thesis research, a graduate-level statistics course, a minimum of 12 hours of 8000-level course credits, and a thesis defense.


Master of Science - Non-Thesis Option

The Master's of Science degree in Plant and Soil Sciences with an agronomy concentration is a research degree program. The 30-hour curriculum includes an exit seminar to describe the thesis research, a graduate-level statistics course, a minimum of 15 hours of 8000-level course credits, and a research paper and comprehensive examination.


Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy is a 40 hour program that includes original research and a dissertation. Students participate in two seminars: the first seminar includes the research proposal and review of literature, the second seminar is an exit seminar to describe the results of the dissertation research.


Floral Management Minor

The Horticulture concentration within the Plant and Soil Sciences degrees also offers a minor in Floral Management. The minor is available for graduate students seeking training in this field to complement their graduate degree. Students seeking the minor are required to complete the 12-hour program.


Research

Scientists in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences conduct numerous research projects to improve horticultural production efficiency while reducing disease and pests. Graduate research assistantships may be available, dependent on funding. Contact one of our scientists to determine if assistantships are available.