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Department of Horticulture and Crop Science


Future Graduate Students

Future Graduate Students 

If you have a background or interest in biotechnology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, physics, math, sustainable agriculture, science or math, Horticulture and Crop Science would be a great fit for you. Areas of study include:

  • Breeding & Genetics
  • Crop Production & Management
  • Environmental Horticulture
  • Physiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Seed Biology
  • Turf Science & Management
  • Weed Ecology

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Students applying for an M.S. in Horticulture and Crop Science or the Ph.D. in Horticulture and Crop Science are required to have earned a bachelors or professional degree from an accredited college or university by the expected date of entry.

All graduate student applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative point-hour ratio in all previous undergraduate and graduate work. The Ohio State University operates on a 4.0 scale when calculating Grade Point Average.

Prerequisite training that will enable the student to pursue graduate study work in Horticulture and Crop Science is strongly encouraged. Training constitutes adequate preparation in life sciences, physical sciences, and mathematics. Students applying with undergraduate degrees in non-scientific fields should contact the Graduate Studies Committee Chair prior to submitting an application. The current Graduate Studies Committee chair is Leah McHale.

Dr. Leah McHale 
312B Kottman Hall
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 292-9003

  • A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 79 on the internet-based TOEFL, 82 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). This requirement applies only to an applicant from a country where the first language is not English, unless a bachelor’s degree or higher was earned in an English-speaking country. English proficiency requirement (international students).
  • The Department of Horticulture and Crop Science does not require the GRE or GMAT for admission.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons acquainted with the applicant’s academic program, scholastic ability, or professional performance.
  • A Personal Statement is also required. The Personal Statement must be written by the applicant alone. The Statement should explain why the disciplinary program of choice is a good fit for the applicant, what his/her future plans are, what he/she will do with this graduate degree. The Statement should demonstrate that the applicant is aware of specific research opportunities in the department, and potential advisor(s). The Personal Statement should explain clearly the student’s background and academic/research interests and objectives and highlight previous relevant experiences.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV). A detailed CV should provide contact information, previous educational, professional, and research experiences. Please list presentations, posters, and published papers. Include examples of leadership activities, community service, extracurricular activities, or study-abroad experiences as appropriate. The CV is typically no more than two pages long.