Graduate

Welcome to the Horticulture and Crop Science Graduate Home Page! 

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.

Graduate students and faculty in the Department of Horticulture & Crop Science 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.

Graduate Programs within HCS Include:

  • Breeding and Genetics
  • Crop Management and Production
  • Environmental Horticulture
  • Physiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology
  • Seed Biology – Preparing for the Future
  • Turfgrass Science and Management
  • Weed Ecology

For more detail, go to Areas of Interest


A 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 and OARDC awards, various external awards and achievements, and international students have received awards from their home countries. Nineteen new graduate students joined HCS last year. We currently have 67 graduate students in the department.


Each Autumn there is a Graduate Student Research Retreat that is organized by the graduate students. The Retreat gives students a chance to highlight their research achievements, and to demonstrate the diversity, depth, and breadth of the science conducted by HCS graduate students. The two-day event is a great opportunity for students to interact with faculty and peers, to be rewarded for research excellence, and to highlight research activities and opportuntities to current and prospective students, faculty, and administrators.