Department of Horticulture and
Graduate programs are available leading to a M.Ag. and M.S. in Horticulture and a Ph.D. in the Crop Science, Environmental Science, Food Science, and Plant Science multidisciplinary programs. The M.S. is a non-terminal degree based on a thesis plus 30 credit hours of course work or the creative component plus 32 credit hours of course work. The M.Ag. is a terminal degree available with three options: report plus 32 credit hours of course work, creative component plus 36 hours of course work, or professional internship plus 36 hours of course work. The Ph.D. requires 60 credit hours beyond the M.S. degree (90 hours without an M.S.). The M.S., M.Ag., and Ph.D. degrees require course work that is agreed upon by the student and his or her Advisory Committee.
Commodity areas within the graduate programs include woody ornamentals, floriculture, turf, vegetables, and fruits. Specialties may include integrated pest management, stress physiology, postharvest physiology, sustainable systems, landscape architecture, phytochemistry, crop culture, water quality and conservation, or growth and development.
The department is housed in Agricultural Hall, with laboratories in Agricultural Hall and the Noble Research Center. The department has teaching and research greenhouse ranges, an arboretum and a research station for nursery and turf. Additional facilities supporting fruit and vegetable research are available through the field and research service unit. Growth chambers are available in the Controlled Environment Research Laboratory.
Admission to our graduate program requires approval of both the Graduate College and the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. The normal requirements include graduation from a B.S. program and an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale, although exceptions are occasionally made.
To apply for admission you must submit the following materials:
1) A completed application, with a non-refundable application fee,
2) Official transcripts from all schools you previously attended,
3) Three letters of recommendation from faculty who are acquainted with your academic abilities,
4) A statement of interest area,
5) GRE general test scores (school code: 6546, dept code: 0109), and
6) Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit results from the TOEFL test with a minimum score of 230 (computer based test), 570 (paper based test) or 88 (iBT).
Financial aid is available in the form of graduate assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, and fee waivers.
Graduate Faculty List
Faculty / Degree / School / Area of Interest
Maronek, Dale, Ph.D. Purdue University, Department Head
Anderson, Jeffrey, Ph.D. University of Florida, Stress Physiology
Anella, Louis B. Ph.D. Cornell University, Landscape Horticulture
Bell, Gregory E. Ph.D. Ohio State University, Turf
Brandenberger, Lynn Ph.D. University of Arkansas, Vegetable Crops
Cole, Janet Ph.D. Texas A&M University, Ornamentals
Hillock, David Ph.D. Colorado State University, Consumer Horticulture
Holmes, Michael M.L.A. North Carolina State University, Landscape Architecture
Hsu, Paul M.L.A. Cornell University, Landscape Architecture
Kahn, Brian A. Ph.D. Cornell University, Vegetables
Leider, Charles Ph.D. Oklahoma State University, Landscape Architecture
Maness, Niels Ph.D. Oklahoma State University, Postharvest Physiology
Martin, Dennis Ph.D. University of Illinois, Turfgrass Management
McGlynn, William Ph.D. University of Arkansas, Horticultural Products Processing
Perkins-Veazie, P. Ph.D. University of Florida, Postharvest Phys., SCARL (2)
Rebek, Kim M.S. Purdue University Horticulture
Ritter, John R. M.L.A. Kansas State University, Landscape Architect
Roberts, Warren Ph.D. North Carolina State University, Vegetables, WWAREC (1)
Schnelle, Michael Ph.D. Colorado State University, Floriculture / Ornamentals
Smith, Michael W. Ph.D. Michigan State University, Pomology
Stafne, Eric Ph.D. University of Arkansas, Fruit Crops
(1) Located at the Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center
(2) Adjunct faculty located at the South Central Agricultural Research Laboratory