The Field of Horticulture offers qualified students the opportunity to pursue advanced study leading to three different degrees:
- Master of Science (M.S.)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
- Master of Professional Studies Studies in Agriculture and Life Sciences (M.P.S) - including Public Garden Leadership and Masters International Program (formerly the Peace Corps option)
Follow the links above to learn about the requirements for completion of each degree.
In general, to meet the minimum requirements for admission applicants should:
- Be within the top 1/3 of their graduating class, or have a grade point average of "B" or the equivalent for the last two years.
- Secure three (3) letters of recommendation from persons who can appraise the academic potential of the applicant.
- Have a score of writing: 20, listening: 15, reading: 20, speaking: 22 in the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), if native language is not English or college or secondary school instruction was not in English. (Institution code: 2098. Department code: 30.)
- Submit official GRE scores. (Institution code: 2098. Department code: 0109.)
Graduate students entering the Field of Horticulture for a Masters or Doctorate degree are expected to have completed the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in biology, horticulture, or agriculture. If they do not have such a background, they are expected to make up any deficiencies with appropriate undergraduate courses, as determined by the student's special committee. Students who are seeking a Masters of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) may be admitted from many undergraduate disciplines.
Detailed requirements are listed in the Announcement of the Graduate School. See the Application FAQ and the Cornell University Graduate School website for more information and application procedures.