Horticultural Sciences Department

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Graduate Program

The Horticultural Sciences graduate program is dynamic and diverse, offering students the freedom to join research programs in molecular genetics, breeding, physiology/biochemistry, postharvest biology,  crop production and nutrient management, organic and sustainable agriculture, or weed science.

Our dedicated research faculty and state-of-the-art laboratories, greenhouses, research farms, and Research and Education Centers are strengths of our graduate research program.

When you join the Horticultural Sciences graduate program, you become a part of a team of faculty, students, and staff committed to the pursuit of original research in horticulture.

We offer three graduate degrees:

Master of Science – This is a research-based degree and students work closely with their major advisor in completing a research project and thesis. The objectives are to provide training in the scientific method and prepare students for research careers or for entering a doctoral program.

Master of Science, Non-Thesis– This is a course-based degree with no thesis requirement. This degree option is typically not eligible for funding and is considered a terminal degree.

Doctor of Philosophy - Doctoral study consists of independent mastery of a field of knowledge and the successful completion of original research that makes a major contribution to the field of horticulture.

The Graduate Student Handbook gives specific information and requirements for each degree.

For available assistantships, check out our Job Opportunities/Assistantships page

For additional information about our graduate program or Graduate Admissions please contact:

Dr. Bala Rathinasabapathi, Graduate Coordinator

352-273-4847 or brath@ufl.edu.

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