Join us for Graduate School!

Graduate students in Horticulture and Crop Science have access to some of the highest quality faculty and research experiences in the world. The Graduate program provides training and leadership opportunities for the next generation of scientists who will address critical issues related to the production of food, feed, fuel, fiber, and pharmaceutical crops in ways that are economically viable, socially acceptable, and environmentally responsible.

HCS graduate students study fundamental and applied aspects of the biology, production, and environmental impact of a wide range of crop and ornamental plants grown in Ohio and around the world. Students have the opportunity to work with major grain crops, such as corn, wheat, forages, and soybean, as well as vegetable crops, fruits, berries, turfgrass, flowers, trees, and ornamental landscape plants. Our graduate students and faculty have access to state-of-the-art resources for laboratory and field experimentation in genetics, breeding, horticulture, seed biology, agronomy, viticulture, weed ecology, and turfgrass science.

PHD Student holding her degree outside the StadiumA Bright Future

Our graduates find jobs in academic, business, and non-profit settings, carrying on a legacy devoted to insuring safe, healthy, and affordable food and plant products grown in sustainable agricultural systems surrounded by strong communities with high regard for the stewardship of natural resources and the environment. Many of our graduate students have gone on to become owners and entrepreneurs.

Graduate students choose to conduct research in HCS because they want to make a difference in the world. The expert faculty, the resources within the department, and opportunities for interdisciplinary connections make that possible. Our students have received prestigious University Fellowships as well as College Fellowships, various external awards and achievements, and international students have received awards from their home countries. 

Future 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 could be a great fit for you. HCS offers two degree options: Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosphy (PhD).

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Students applying for an MS in Horticulture and Crop Science or the PhD 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.

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 us prior to submitting an application.

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