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  • Contact:
  • A159 Plant and Soil Sciences Building
    Department of Horticulture
    Michigan State University (MSU)
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    United States
    Phone: 517-355-5191 x1324

  • Degrees Granted:
  • Masters, Doctorate

  • Programs offered:
  • On-campus

  • Description:
  • The Graduate Program in Horticulture at Michigan State University is one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious Horticulture graduate programs in the U.S., and is recognized internationally for its scholarly development of research scientists, extension specialists, and horticultural business leaders in the economic plant sciences.

    One of the strengths of the Horticulture Graduate Program is founded in the interdisciplinary and integrative nature of horticulture, allowing graduate students a great deal of flexibility in designing their individualized programs of study and research. Students have access to state-of-the-art research facilities, including laboratories, greenhouses, growth chambers, and both on- and off-campus field research stations. Horticulture faculty develop and procure funding for individual and multi-disciplinary team research projects, providing a wide range of opportunities for Masters and Doctoral students.

    A graduate degree in the Horticulture Graduate Program draws upon the expertise of ~30 faculty members in the Horticulture Department, as well as the advisory expertise of many faculty from across campus in basic plant biology, pathology, entomology, forestry, agronomy, genetics, biochemistry, marketing, food science, health and nutrition, engineering, etc. At MSU, work towards the graduate degree involves training and experience in research, teaching, and professional communications with peers, industry, and the public. It is the goal of the Horticulture Graduate Program to produce the leaders of tomorrow who can integrate knowledge and resources from multiple disciplines to improve the performance, production, profitability, and environmental sustainability of high value crops.

  • Admission Information:
  • Requirement for Regular Admission
    A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, based upon the courses taken during the last two academic years.

    M.S. program - completion of bachelor of science or arts degree.

    Ph.D. program - completing of master of science program or its equivalent.

    Specific course requirements

    *At least one introductory course in horticulture; 10 semester hours in plant and/or soil sciences, including plant physiology

    *College algebra and trigonometry. (This mathematics requirement can generally be met by completing approximately 50 contact hours of course work in college algebra and trigonometry taught as single or combined courses. One course in college calculus will also satisfy the requirement).

    *One college level course in each of physics and organic chemistry.

    Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

    International students must also have a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (computer score 237) with no subscores below 55 (computer score 21).

    For information on provisional status, non-degree status and special classifications, see graduate handbook.

  • Financial Aids:
  • Most students in the Department of Horticulture are supported by their faculty advisor through assistantships. The Horticulture graduate assistantship for 2005-2006 is $25,000 to $31,000 for MS and PhD students and includes stipend, tuition for up to nine credits (six credits are considered full time for graduate students), and health insurance. Further information regarding the graduate assistantship benefits can be found at the MSU Graduate School web site

    College and University fellowships are also available, especially for female and minority students. Applicants do not need to apply for these fellowships. Instead, the Admissions Committee will forward the files of qualified applicants for nomination for these fellowships.

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