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Horticulture, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Active teaching and research programs are being conducted in ornamental horticulture, floriculture, fruits, vegetables, and nut crops. Students can focus on areas of specialization that include plant breeding, physiology, plant development, biotechnology, postharvest physiology, nutrition, biochemistry, integrated pest management, weed control, water relations, crop production and management, and product utilization. 

The programme

The department has about 40 full-time faculty members located at the Athens, Tifton and Griffin campuses, and various other locations in the state. The facilities available for graduate training include three well-equipped Experiment stations, the State Botanical Garden, and several field research centers that represent the climatic areas of the state. The department has strong interdisciplinary research programs with other departments in the University. Cooperative work is available with three federal research laboratories.

The Department of Horticulture consists of four units: a teaching/research unit located on the main campus in Athens, research unit located at the Georgia Station in Griffin and the Coastal Plain Station in Tifton, and and extension unit with faculty in Athens, Griffin, Tifton, and Bryon Ga.

The Department of Horticulture offers undergraduate majors in horticulture and landscape and grounds management. Within the Horticulture major, a student may select to concentrate in fruits/vegetables, turf management, ornamentals, or on a graduate school option. The department also offers a minor in horticulture which is awarded following the successful completion of 27 hours of horticultural courses. The graduate program offers programs of study which lead to the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees.

Georgia horticultural scientists use modern equipment and techniques to serve the fastest growing agricultural commodity in the state and nation. Georgia is the “Peach State,” as peach-growing technology evolved in the state during the early 1900s. Scientists conduct cultivar, pruning, root restriction, and cold hardiness studies to maintain Georgia’s ranking as the number two U.S. producer.


Officially accredited/recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, University of Georgia (UGA) is a very large (enrollment range: 35,000-39,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Bioactive plant components
  • Dietary intervention/cancer prevention
  • Ecophysiology
  • Enology
  • Environmental and stress physiology
  • Floriculture

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Application for admission
  • Application-processing fee
  • Transcripts
  • Entrance test scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Certification of finances forms (international applicants)
  • Any supplemental material required by the department

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24692 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24692 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24692 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24692 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Athens

  • 720 - 1170 USD/month
    Living Costs

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