* Read an OPEN LETTER to interested students from Dr. Arnold, Associate Head for Graduate Studies, Texas A&M University Department of Horticultural Sciences.
The department offers two Masters and a Ph.D. program in a broad spectrum of areas:
Master of Agriculture (Non-Thesis Option)
The Master of Agriculture is a non-thesis professional degree requiring internship experience. It provides management training and emphasizes problem-solving skills rather than research. At least 36 hours of course work are required.
Master of Science (Thesis Option)
The Master of Science, offered in all areas of horticultural sciences, emphasizes research. The Master’s program requires at least 32 credit hours of approved courses, research, and a thesis.
Doctor of Philosophy
For a PhD degree, a student with a Master’s degree must complete 64 hours, and a student with only a baccalaureate degree must complete 96 hours.
NOTE: All graduate students in the Department of Horticultural Sciences must have taken or will take 6 cred hours of 200, 300, 400, or 600 level HORT courses prior to admission. In the event that a student is deficient in HORT, the 6 hours must be taken at TAMU as a prerequisite of their degree. The courses must be approved by the Chair of the student’s Advisory Committee. Any 300, 400, or 600 level courses may be applied towards the student’s Degree Plan with the Chair and Committee’s approval. These 6 hours of HORT courses will be in addition to the 9 hour Master’s and 12 hour Doctoral requirement at the 600 level for all HORT graduate students. If the student is deficient in the non-HORT supporting field courses (for example: chemistry, soils, plant physiology, etc.), the Chair will determine course prerequisites that need to be taken.
Graduate students in the Department of Horticultural Sciences majoring in molecular and environmental plant physiology (MEPS), genetics (GENE), food science and technology (FSTC), or plant breeding (PLBR) must meet the course prerequisite requirements set forth by the Interdisciplinary Faculty of that major.
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*Note the new Plant Breeding MS & PhD via distance education technology program will begin in Spring 2013.
More information about the Department of Horticultural Science’s Research Programs can be found here.
Degree requirements are posted in the official TAMU Horticulture Graduate Handbook. Students must meet requirements set forth in the Texas A&M University catalog which is current in the year of their first registration, and the catalog is updated on an annual basis. The official University Catalog for the 2012-2013 academic year is Edition 135.
Application Deadlines for consideration of Departmental funding
- Spring / Summer 2013 – September 15, 2012
- Fall semester 2013 – December 15, 2012 *to be eligible for fellowship consideration; applications not to be considered for fellowships accepted through January 15, 2013
Note that deadlines may be adjusted if you find a faculty member to work with you. For all other admission deadlines, please consult the Office of Graduate Studies.
General Guidelines for Admission:
Successful applicants to the M. Ag. or M.S. programs typically have an undergraduate GPR of 3.000 or substantially better, GRE scores of approximately 500 in verbal and 500 in quantitative or greater, strong letters of support for admission to the graduate program from faculty mentors, a well written letter of application, and in the case of international students strongly demonstrated competency in English via TOEFL scores or other testing instruments. Applicants for the Ph.D. program who have successfully completed a prior M.S. degree usually have similar or greater qualifications than those outlined for admission to the Masters programs. The graduate school typically requires a minimum official TOEFL (International students only) score of at least an 80 (internet based), a 213 (computer based) or a 550 (paper based).
- http://admissions.tamu.edu/graduate/default.aspx . The application fee is paid on-line and is done on the Office of Admission website (http://ogs.tamu.edu/prospective ). Information about university codes and sending transcripts and GRE scores are also on that website.
- Transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions.
- Transcripts should come directly from the issuing universities (not photocopies).
- GRE scores should come directly from ETS, not the student.
- TOEFL scores should also be sent to Admissions from the administering institution, not the student.
- Three Letters of Recommendation are required. They can be sent through admissions or directly to the Horticultural Sciences Department via email at HortGraduateStudies@ag.tamu.edu or by mail at: Dr. Michael Arnold, Department of Horticultural Sciences, HFSB Room 202, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2133.
- Once all the information has been received, the packet will be sent to our graduate faculty so that you can be evaluated for graduate studies in our Department. This process of faculty evaluation usually requires about one to three weeks.
- We will inform you as soon as possible concerning the results.
*Delays in the process are often caused by either delayed receipt of the letters of recommendation, transcripts, TOEFL or GRE scores. Graduate Admissions will not release the application to the Department until all required information has been received.
- All assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis.
- Some teaching assistantships are available from the Department.
- Most research assistantships are funded from grants held by individual faculty members.
- You should inquire about the availability of research assistantships from the individual faculty whose programs interest you.
- You should only go to the expense of applying if there is a program in your area of interest and which has an opening for a new graduate student.
International Student Services:
All information pertaining to international students at Texas A&M University is available on the Home Page of International Student Services at: http://international.tamu.edu/iss/default.asp
Departmental Graduate Studies Contacts:
|Michael A. Arnold
Associate Head for Graduate Studies
Department of Horticultural Sciences
Texas A&M University
Academic Advisor I – Graduate Studies
Department of Horticultural Sciences
Texas A&M University