Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Horticulture at Michigan State University is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious horticulture graduate programs in the U.S., and is recognized internationally for its scholarly development of research scientists, extension specialists, and horticultural business leaders in the economic plant sciences.GradStudents2019Graduation

One of the strengths of the Horticulture Graduate Program is founded in the interdisciplinary and integrative nature of horticulture, allowing graduate students a great deal of flexibility in designing their individualized programs of study and research.

Students have access to state-of-the-art research facilities, including laboratories, greenhouses, growth chambers, and both on- and off-campus field research stations.

Horticulture faculty develop and procure funding for individual and multidisciplinary team research projects, providing a wide range of opportunities for master's and doctoral students. To view the department's research areas, which includes a listing of faculty's specific focus, visit our Research Focus Area page.

A graduate degree in the Horticulture Graduate Program draws upon the expertise of roughly 30 faculty members in the Horticulture Department, as well as the advisory expertise of many faculty from across campus in basic plant biology, pathology, entomology, forestry, agronomy, genetics, biochemistry, marketing, food science, health and nutrition, engineering, etc.

Students also may study with Horticulture faculty through interdepartmental programs in Genetics, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.

At MSU, work towards the graduate degree involves training and experience in research, teaching and professional communications with peers, industries and the public. It is the goal of the Horticulture Graduate Program to produce the leaders of tomorrow who can integrate knowledge and resources from multiple disciplines to improve the performance, production, profitability, and environmental sustainability of high value crops.