The M.S. degree consists of course work and original research, which is reported in a thesis. The research is performed under the guidance of the major professor. The study program, i.e., the list of graduate courses to be taken, is developed under the guidance of the major professor and a committee of graduate faculty organized by the student and the major professor. The graduate committee evaluates the thesis and the student’s knowledge of his or her field in a final oral examination.
The M.S. Graduate Committee consists of two faculty members from the major department, one from outside the major, and a representative from the Graduate Council (the "Grad Rep"). The department recommends selection of the Grad Rep early in the program so that students can obtain his or her input.
Students majoring in horticulture are required to have 30 credit hours in the major. These courses may be selected from those in horticulture as well as from those offered by many other departments.
Through successful participation and completion of an M.S. in Horticulture, you will gain an advanced understanding of horticultural sciences and its relationship to other disciplines. You will be sufficiently trained through disciplinary coursework and research experience to provide horticulture expertise and will have the breadth of knowledge to be able to communicate with professionals from the broad range of specialties involved in horticultural systems management and research.
Outcome 1: Scholarship
You will have the ability to conduct research that extends knowledge in the field of horticulture. This will be demonstrated through mastery and application of critical thinking in the design and conduct of research, and application of standard and innovative theory and methods in both coursework and an individual thesis research project.
Outcome 2: Knowledge
You will be able to demonstrate:
In-depth disciplinary knowledge and capacity to apply that knowledge to horticultural systems issues at multiple scales and levels of biological organization.
Demonstrated skill in integrating horticultural systems concepts across multiple disciplines.
The ability to employ technical knowledge and leadership skills to a horticultural research problem.
Ability to perform basic analyses in horticulture and associated sciences.
Ability to perform other basic tasks required of a professional horticultural scientist.
Understand key linkages and interactions between horticulture and other biological and earth science processes. These outcomes will be accomplished through successful completion of the coursework required for the degree and a thesis research project.
Outcome 3: Communication
You will have the ability to communicate professionally and with the public about horticulture research and resources, by gaining skills and experience in communicating in both formal and informal venues with learners, practitioners, and community members. You will present a public thesis seminar and public non-thesis seminar.
Outcome 4: Ethics and Diversity
You will be commitmed to diversity and high ethical standards in scholarship, teaching, and service, by participating in research methods courses, professional development courses, and seminars, workshops, or other activities focused on diversity and ethics.