The Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at K-State offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs in a number of horticultural commodity and discipline areas and natural resource areas. Two options for the M.S. are available: one option requires a thesis based on original research; the non-thesis option is for students who do not plan further graduate study or who wish to substitute additional courses for the research requirement. The non-thesis option is considered a terminal degree, so it cannot be used as preparation for a Ph.D. program. Students may also pursue a M.S. degree concurrent with a B.S. degree in Horticulture, Park Management and Conservation, and Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management. An Urban Food Systems specialization is available within the M.S. program. A Graduate Certificate in Horticultural Therapy and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Horticulture are also offered.
Our graduate program is dedicated to providing advanced discipline training, breadth and depth in research training, and mentoring to our students. Our goal is the scholarly and professional development of research scientists, extension specialists, teachers, and horticultural business leaders and natural resource industry leaders. This is achieved through the expertise of 24 faculty members in the department involved in teaching, research, and extension as well as the advisory expertise of many faculty from across campus in pathology, soil science, entomology, agronomy, biochemistry, microbiology, marketing, food science, health and nutrition, kinesiology, psychology, education, geography, biology, hospitality management and other disciplines.
Faculty diversity of research interests provides flexibility in graduate training. Students have access to excellent greenhouse and controlled environmental facilities, a modern building and laboratory facilities, and field research facilities across the state. Horticulture and natural resources graduate faculty develop and obtain funding for individual and multi-disciplinary team research projects that provide a wide range of opportunities for our graduate students.
A limited number of research and teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Students who want to be considered for available assistantships should indicate so in their cover letter with their application materials. Visit the department’s Employment pages for available assistantship opportunities.
For information on current research activities of our faculty, visit our Research pages.
To learn more about admissions, visit our Graduate Admissions page.