Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate degrees offered
- M.S.* in Agronomy
- M.S.* in Horticulture
- Ph.D. in Agronomy and Horticulture
A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.Specializations
- Agricultural Meteorology
- Applied Ecology (Ph.D. only)
- Crop Physiology and Production
- Environmental Studies
- Great Plains Studies
- Plant Breeding and Genetics
- Plant Pathology
- Public Horticulture Administration (Horticulture only)
- Range and Forage Sciences
- Soil and Water Sciences
- Water Resources Planning and Management (M.S. only)
- Weed Science (Agronomy only)
For a special interdisciplinary program, see Plant Sciences.
Contacts for Agronomy and Horticulture
Professor Mark Lagrimini
Graduate Program Administrative Assistant
Ms. Marlene Busse
Distance Graduate Program Administrative Assistant
Ms. Kathryn Schindler
279 Plant Science
Lincoln NE 68583-0915
Application checklist and deadlines
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Application for Graduate Admission
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (see transcript upload requirements)
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you expect to hold an F or J visa: financial resource information
See also: steps to admission.
Required by Agronomy and Horticulture in GAMES
After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:
- Minimum English proficiency:
- Plant Pathology specialization: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
- Otherwise: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three recommendation letters
- Curriculum vita
- Statement of interests and goals
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Agronomy and Horticulture
|Rolling admissions, contact the department for more information.|
The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture offers graduate degree programs leading to an M.S. or Ph.D. in plant and soil sciences.
Agronomy is the application of plant and soil science to crop production. Agronomy emphasizes staple food crops, such as corn, rice, beans, and wheat, which are produced on a large scale and represent the foundation of our human food supply.
Horticulture is the science and art of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants. Horticultural crops are used to diversify human diets and to enhance our living environment. Vegetables, fruits, flowers, ornamentals, and lawn grasses are examples of horticultural crops and are typically produced on a smaller scale with more intensive management than agronomic crops.
The Department's pride is its excellent teaching, research, and extension programs carried out by more than 70 faculty members in six core areas: landscape ecology and design; ornamental horticulture; plant breeding and genetics; soil and water sciences; turf/range/forage science; and weed science. The Department also conducts research nationally and internationally in plant physiology, viticulture, molecular biology, plant biotechnology, plant breeding, nutrient cycling and management, rangeland ecology and management, renewable bioenergy, soil and water management, and on the environmental impact and sustainability of agriculture.
The Department has well-equipped laboratories, modern greenhouses, growth chambers, and field facilities, including four district research centers spanning several ecoregions, available to graduate students. For instance, the Plant Sciences Program combines integrative curriculum with collaborative research in highly specialized facilities. And our outstanding field research facilities located in several agro-climatic zones across the state provide a unique ability to conduct research at a production-scale. This increases the relevance of the findings to real-world agro-ecosystems and gives students an opportunity to work in a more realistic production environment.
Many online courses are available.
Courses and MoreStudents in Agronomy and Horticulture are most likely to take courses in:
- Agronomy (AGRO)
- Horticulture (HORT)
- Turfgrass and Landscape Management (TLMT)
- Great Plains Study Program (GPSP)
- Plant Pathology (PLPT)
Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.
Faculty and research
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