Graduate Program

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Department of Horticulture


Iowa State University
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Our Vision

We strive to be a graduate major in which inquisitive students meet their educational goals within a stimulating environment for discovery. Top research faculty, excellent facilities, and a supportive, research-focused campus make Iowa State's graduate program in horticulture an excellent venue for scholarship. Our graduates compete favorably for challenging positions in the job market and have a long-standing tradition of accomplishment in the plant sciences and related professions.

Our Degrees

Iowa State's graduate horticulture major offers doctoral (Ph.D.) and master-of-science (M.S.) degree programs. Creative scholarship is required of all students. A thesis (M.S.) or dissertation (Ph.D.) is required, and publication of research results in appropriate refereed journals is expected.

Entrance Requirements

An undergraduate college degree is required.

Official scores on the graduate record examination (GRE) are required. Applicants with a score of at least 400 on the verbal section, at least 500 on the quantitative section, and at least 4.0 on the analytical-writing section of the GRE are considered more seriously for admission than are applicants with lower scores. Higher GRE scores are desired and enhance the probability of admission.

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit an official score report for the test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL).

Links to Other Majors

Some professors in the horticulture major also are members of the graduate faculty in other majors. Please visit the following sites for more information.

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