Graduate Students

Graduate Programs

The Department of Horticulture offers two options for a Masters Degree in Horticulture. One is a two-year thesis program in which students learn to conduct scientific studies and prepare research reports for scientific journals; the other is a non-thesis program requiring primarily coursework.

The Ph.D. degree in Plant Science is administered jointly with the Department of Plant Pathology. The Ph.D. program takes three to four years and requires original research and development of new knowledge.

Horticultural research at the University of Arkansas includes:

  • Genetics, breeding and cultivar development of fruit and vegetable crops
  • Genetics, breeding and cultivar development of ornamental crops and turfgrasses
  • Physiology and culture of fruit, vegetable and ornamental crops
  • Physiology and management of turfgrasses
  • Biotechnology
  • Sustainable landscape management and design

Advanced Degrees

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Horticulture
  • Non-thesis Master of Science (M.S.) in Horticulture
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences with Horticulture Concentration (AFLSPH-HORT).

Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Doug Karcher

Phone: 479-575- 2603

Email: karcher@uark.edu

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Graduate School Requirements

 *Applicants with lower than the required GPA or GRE score may be admitted conditionally into the M.S. degree program. Conditionally accepted students must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 for the first 12 hours of graduate coursework to achieve regular student status.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for graduate studies must meet entry requirements of the Graduate School and the Department of Horticulture.

Horticulture M.S. Requirements

  • B.S. from accredited institution with GPA >3.00*
  • GRE scores (verbal + quantitative) >1,000*
    • minimum: >400 for verbal, >500 for quantitative and 4.0 for writing
  • New GRE test scores*
    • minimum: >146 for verbal, >144 for quantitative and 4.0 for writing
  • Suitable preparation in horticulture or related areas
  • International Students TOEFL score
    • minimum: >92 internet-based/580 paper and >4.5 on TWE
  • A statement of purpose letter that describes who you are, your professional career goals, the reasons why you want to study for a Horticulture graduate degree and the area(s) of Horticulture you wish to study sent in along with all required application documents.

Horticulture Ph.D. Requirements

  • M.S. research thesis degree or B.S. degree in Horticulture or related sciences from an accredited institution 
  • GPA requirements
    • M.S. research thesis degree >3.5
    • B.S. degree >3.65 and have had research experience with publishable research results
  • GRE scores (verbal + quantitative) >1,100
    • minimum: >500 for verbal, >600 for quantitative and 4.0 for writing
  • New GRE test scores
    • minimum: >153 for verbal, >148 for quantitative and 4.0 for writing
  • Suitable preparation for the Horticulture graduate program
  • International Students TOEFL score
    • minimum: >92 internet-based/580 paper and >4.5 on TWE
  • A statement of purpose letter that describes who you are, your professional career goals, the reasons why you want to study for a Horticulture graduate degree and the area(s) of Horticulture you wish to study sent in along with all required application documents.

 How to Apply

Complete and submit an application for graduate studies (M.S. or Ph.D.) that is available here. Submit your application and the documents required by the Graduate School (transcripts, TOEFL, GRE, etc.), as well as your statement of purpose letter and graduate assistant application.

*The Graduate School will send instructions for three letters of recommendations to be submitted online.

 Applications received after the deadline will be considered for admission based on departmental requirements and the availability of positions and funding.

The Review Process

The Graduate School will review applications to determine qualifications based on the Graduate School requirements. Applications are then forwarded to the Department of Horticulture for review by the Graduate Program Coordinator and faculty to determine acceptance based on departmental requirements and to determine the appropriate faculty advisor.  


Funding Your Degree

Assistantships and Fellowships for M.S. and Ph.D. students are available on a competitive basis.

Doctoral Academy Fellowship 
  • $25,000 stipend
  • Tuition waiver
  • Qualifications: Master's GPA>3.65, GRE>1100 (~300 new scale), 4.5 writing score

 

Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship
  • $30,000 stipend
  • Tuition waiver
  • Qualifications: Master's GPA>3.85, GRE>1200 (~307 new scale), 5.0 writing score

 

Ph.D. Assistantships
  • $16,000 stipend
  • Tuition waiver
  • Qualifications: Master's GPA>3.5, GRE>1100, 4.0 writing score

 

M.S. Assistantships
  • $14,000 stipend
  • Tuition waiver
  • Qualifications: GPA>3.0, GRE>1000, 4.0 writing score