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Graduate study in Cornell's School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS):

There are five fields of graduate study within SIPS: (i) Horticulture, (ii) Plant Biology, (iii) Plant Breeding, (iv) Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, and (v) Soil and Crop Sciences.
The SIPS Graduate Resource Page can help you:

  • Identify graduate fields and faculty research programs that match your interests
  • Decide whether an MS/PhD or MPS program is right for you

Information here focuses on graduate programs in the Field of Horticulture.

The Graduate School at Cornell University consists of fields rather than departments or other units. The Field of Horticulture is comprised primarily of faculty from the Horticulture Section based in Ithaca and at Cornell AgriTech (formerly the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station) in Geneva, N.Y., but also includes faculty in Plant Biology, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Crop and Soil Sciences, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Food Science, Animal Science and Design and Environmental Analysis plus adjunct faculty from USDA-ARS. (View faculty in the Graduate Field of Horticulture.)

The Graduate Field of Horticulture consists of one subject with four concentrations:

Horticultural Biology

  • Physiology and Ecology of Horticultural Crops
  • Human-Plant Interactions
  • Breeding of Horticultural Crops
  • Horticultural Crop Management Systems

Although emphasis is on horticultural plants and systems commonly found in areas of temperate climate, graduate study on species and cropping systems of tropical areas is also possible by using our extensive greenhouse and growth chamber facilities, and through thesis research in tropical areas.

In addition to their major field of study, students will select minor field(s) of study from such areas as plant physiology, pathology, anatomy, ecology, biochemistry, botany, entomology, taxonomy, genetics, education, soils, economics, communication, biological and environmental engineering, and landscape architecture. All students are encouraged to gain experience in academic instruction or Cooperative Extension programming.

August 2016 grad field review

Graduate students, faculty and others from the Graduate Field of Horticulture at the August 2016 graduate student research review. Click for larger view.