MS Degree

Handbooks:

Degrees offered:

  • Master of Science in Horticulture provides a complete introduction to the scientific research process. This degree offers a flexible curriculum that allows students to pursue their individual horticultural interests under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
  • Master of Science in Horticulture with an Emphasis on Organic and Sustainable Production – provides an introduction to the scientific research process and the opportunity to complete an integrated research project relevant to the increasingly complex organic industry. This degree offers more focused coursework and a research project designed to explore the areas of organic and sustainable production.

For more information on the MS programs in Horticulture, please contact: Kathryn Jones, Student Services Coordinator at kjones26@wisc.edu

 MS in Horticulture Degree Requirements

  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits and 15 of these credits must be graduate level (up to 3 credits of 990 may be used to satisfy this 15 credit requirement, but Hort 699 may not be used to satisfy this requirement).  This requirement for 15 graduate-level credits can only be satisfied by classes taken while the student is enrolled in the Masters Program.
  • At least 14 credits in Horticulture & 11 credits in Botany
    • Coursework completed as an undergraduate can be used to meet this requirement. No more than 3 credits of Special Problems (e.g. Hort 699) will count toward this requirement.
  • 1 credit Graduate Level Seminar
    • Seminars offered by other departments may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • Master’s thesis approved by the student’s Master’s Committee
    • With the permission of his or her committee, a student may pursue a non-thesis option. Detailed requirements for this option will be provided to the student by his or her committee.

MS in Horticulture with an Emphasis on Organic and Sustainable Production Degree Requirements

  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits and 15 of these credits must be graduate level (up to 3 credits of 990 may be used to satisfy this 15 credit requirement, but Hort 699 may not be used to satisfy this requirement).  This requirement for 15 graduate-level credits can only be satisfied by classes taken while the student is enrolled in the Masters Program. Students who enter the program without undergraduate coursework in botany and horticulture may be required to completed additional credits.
  • Master’s thesis approved by the student’s Master’s Committee
    • A minimum of 6 credits of Research (e.g. Hort 990) and a thesis based on original research related to organic systems are required.
  • Completion of the Recommended Curriculum