Graduate Programs

The Department of Horticulture at WSU offers both Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with an expansive range of research opportunities.

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PhD in Horticulture

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.
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PhD level Minor in Horticulture

Horticulture faculty are supportive of students from other disciplines who wish to minor in Horticulture.  A student who desires a minor in Horticulture should consult a member of the Horticulture Graduate Faculty.  This faculty member must be appointed to the student’s graduate advisory committee, and may be the doctoral student’s major advisor.
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Master of Science in Horticulture

The master of science degree in Horticulture is research-based degree that involves a formal research project with accompanying written thesis. 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.
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Online Master of Science in Agriculture

The M.S. in Agriculture degree is fully online and provides 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.