MS in Horticulture

The Master of Science in Horticulture provides a complete introduction to the scientific research process. Our flexible curriculum allows students to pursue their individual horticultural interests under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  Each student in the program will complete an original research project and have the opportunity to write and defend a master’s thesis. The master’s program typically takes between 1.5 and 3 years to complete. A brief outline of the degree requirements is provided below. For more detailed information, please refer to the Horticulture Master’s Program Handbook (effective Fall 2014).*

Degree Requirements

Cucumber from Weng Lab; Photo Credit Yiqun Weng

Cucumber from Weng Lab; Photo Credit Yiqun Weng

Students work with their faculty advisor to design a course of study. Information on current courses can be found here.

30 Credits Minimum

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits.  Student who enter the program without undergraduate coursework in botany and horticulture may be required to completed additional credits.

18 Graduate-Level Credits Completed in Residence

Graduate-level credits are earned by completing courses numbered 300 and higher. Special Problems (e.g. Hort 699) and Research (e.g. Hort 990) may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

14 Credits in Horticulture and 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.

*These requirements apply to all students who began their master’s program in Fall 2014 or after. All other Master’s students should refer to either the Horticulture Masters Handbook (2012) or the 1997 Graduate Handbook.