College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Horticulture

Horticulture Graduate Program

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Graduate education is important at Washington State University.  We aim for the best graduate education possible – not only in the classroom, but also in research and informal experiences throughout your time as a graduate student.

Graduate students preparing beds for plantingBy enrolling in the graduate program in Horticulture at Washington State University, you become part of a team of students, faculty, and staff who are dedicated to the scientific and intellectual pursuit of knowledge in horticulture. Depending on your career goals, your studies may concentrate on such basic sciences as plant physiology, biochemistry, and molecular genetics, as well as horticulture. You may explore a variety of subjects, such as plant pathology, soil science, biological systems engineering, environmental science, or the social sciences to complement your graduate education. Keeping your interests and goals in mind, your research project, course requirements, teaching and/or Extension experiences for your graduate work will be individualized and determined with your faculty advisor and graduate committee.

Graduate students evaluates applesGraduate Degrees Offered

We offer two graduate degrees, as well as a minor.

Master of Science in Horticulture – Thesis

  • This is a research-based degree, involving a formal, major research project. The objectives are to train students in the experimental method and to prepare students for handling major projects after graduation or for entering a doctoral program.

Doctor of Philosophy

  • All doctoral candidates conduct independent research leading to a dissertation, with the objective of making a major contribution to the body of scientific knowledge in Horticulture. Portions of the dissertation research are normally published in peer-reviewed journals. Students in this degree option are expected to have completed a research-based master’s degree or to have equivalent research experience prior to enrolling in the doctoral program.

Interdisciplinary degree

Master of Science in Agriculture

  • Graduate student in greenhouseOur department also participates in the M.S. in Agriculture degree program offered by the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS). The M.S. in Agriculture degree is completely web-based and gives practitioners the opportunity to further their education while they continue employment anywhere in the world. Students have the opportunity to direct their learning experience and tailor their coursework to help them meet their professional goals. More…

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Department of Horticulture, PO Box 646414, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6414, 509-335-9502, Contact Us
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