Horticulture

2014-15 Tuition

Research degree: $20,800; professional degree: $30,785

Application deadlines

Fall: Dec 1; Spring: Sept 15; MPS (Public Garden Leadership Program) Fall only: PLEASE NOTE: Due to pending changes in the Cornell Graduate Program in Public Garden Leadership, applications for this program will not be accepted. However, the graduate field of Horticulture will accept applications for its two other MPS programs. For questions about applying to the Public Garden Leadership program contact Sonja Skelly, sms92@cornell.edu.

Requirements summary

Degrees

  • M.P.S.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences (M.P.S.)
  • Horticultural Biology (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Horticultural Crop and Landscape Management (M.S., Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • breeding of horticultural crops
  • horticultural crop management systems
  • human-plant interactions
  • physiology and ecology of horticultural crops

Although emphasis is on horticultural plants and systems commonly found in areas of temperate climate, graduate study on species and cropping systems of tropical areas is also possible by use of our extensive greenhouse and growth chamber facilities, and through conduct of thesis research in tropical areas.

Members of the graduate field of horticulture reside in the Department of Horticulture on the Ithaca campus, and at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. In addition, some faculty members of other departments such as Plant Biology, Plant Breeding, Crop and Soil Science, etc., may also be members of the graduate field of horticulture.

Minor fields of study may be selected from such areas as plant physiology, pathology, anatomy, or ecology; biochemistry; botany; entomology; taxonomy; genetics; education; soils; agricultural, resource, and managerial economics; communication; agricultural and biological engineering; and landscape architecture.

All students receive experience in academic education and Cooperative Extension programs.

M.P.S.(Agriculture and Life Sciences) program. Requirements for the Master of Professional Studies (Agriculture and Life Sciences) degree are two residence units; thirty credits of mostly advanced course work related to the student's professional interests; a problem-solving project; and a minimum grade point average of 2.5. In addition, the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences) program has a Peace Corps option in which the student undertakes two semesters of academic work at Cornell and a Peace Corps assignment. For information and instructions on how to apply, visit the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences)/Peace Corps Web site, or contact International Programs, 33 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; phone 607-255-3037; e-mail: mpsag_peacecorps@cornell.edu.

Research facilities.
At the Ithaca campus, research facilities include laboratories equipped for studies of all aspects of plant physiology, including photosynthesis, pre- and postharvest physiology, biochemistry, biotechnology, photobiology, analysis for chemical elements, and tissue culture. Extensive greenhouse and growth chamber facilities permit varying degrees of plant environmental control. Facilities for postharvest research include rooms for refrigerated and controlled atmosphere storage. Field facilities include two research orchards for study of fruit crops, two vegetable research farms, an outdoor nursery, turfgrass research areas, and the Cornell Plantations, an extensive botanical garden. At the Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, laboratories, greenhouses and growth chamber facilities similar to those in Ithaca are found. In addition, 600 acres of orchards and 200 acres of vegetable experimental farmland are available for research purposes. A wide range of apple, grape, and vegetable germplasm is maintained by the USDA Plant Introduction Station, the National Clonal Repository and the fruit and vegetable breeders. Research is also conducted at the Hudson Valley Lab (fruit research), the Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center (grape and vegetable research), and the Fredonia Grape Research Station.

Application.
A strong background in life sciences is important, as evidenced by grades, coursework and research projects undertaken. Three letters of recommendation and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required. For all non-native English speaking students, a minimum TOEFL of reading 20, writing 20, listening 15 and speaking 22 (Internet-based test) is required and a cumulative score is not acceptable. We urge serious candidates to visit Cornell and interview horticulture faculty during their application process. All application materials must be received by Jan. 5 for the fall term, or Aug. 15 for the spring term.

Louis Albright -- Concentrations: Research interests: controlled environment agriculture; environmental control and energy management in controlled plant production systems; plant systems modeling; plant production systems on earth and in space
Nina Bassuk -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; human-plant interactions; Research interests: urban site assessment and amelioration. woody plant evaluation, selection, propagation and transplanting
Taryn Bauerle -- Concentrations: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: root biology
Robin Bellinder -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; Research interests: weed science
Elizabeth Bihn (Minor Member) -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; Research interests: Horticultural Crop Management Systems: Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), fruit and vegetable microbial safety, on-farm surface water quality, educational material design, curriculum development
Thomas Bjorkman (Geneva) -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: vegetable physiology
Mark Bridgen -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; horticultural crop management systems; Research interests: floriculture breeding; plant tissue culture; plant propagation; herbaceous ornamental plants; cut flowers; breeding plants
Susan Brown (Geneva) -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; Research interests: breeding of apples
Lailiang Cheng -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: metabolic and environmental regulation of photosynthesis; carbon-nitrogen relationships; nutrition, physiology and management of fruit crops
Peter Cousins (Geneva) -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: grape rootstock evaluation and breeding
Peter Davies -- Concentrations: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: hormonal control of plant development -- stem elongation, potato tuberization, fruit ripening, and senescence
Laurie Drinkwater -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: soil biology
Gennaro Fazio (Geneva) -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; horticultural crop management systems; Research interests: apple rootstock breeding; germplasm enhancement; rootstock-scion interactions; rootstock influence on plant architecture and development; root growth and development
Susheng Gan -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: plant genomics; molecular regulatory mechanisms and biotechnology of plant senescence; molecular postharvest biology
James Giovannoni -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: genetic regulation of tomato fruit ripening
Phillip Griffiths (Geneva) -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; Research interests: genetic improvement of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and beans; breeding for disease resistance
Donald Halseth -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; horticultural crop management systems; Research interests: potato and bean production
Jenny Kao-Kniffin -- Concentrations: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; human-plant interactions; Research interests: weed ecology; plant-soil interactions; urban ecosystems
Quirine Ketterings -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; Research interests: soil fertility and plant nutrition
Alan Lakso (Geneva) -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: growth, development, and environmental physiology of apples and grapes
Rui Hai Liu -- Concentrations: human-plant interactions; Research interests: diet and cancer; phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables; functional foods/nutraceuticals; herbal remedies for cancer and hepatitis
Jason Londo (Geneva) -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: Research on the genetics and physiology of abiotic stress resistance in cultivated and wild grapevine with special emphasis on cold hardiness and drought resistance. Specific areas of study include genomics, population genetics, and plant physiology.
Neil Mattson -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: floriculture; plant physiology; mineral nutrition; crop modeling
Ian Merwin -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; human-plant interactions; Research interests: orchard agroecology; integrated crop management; nutrition, soil/weed management; root biology
William Miller -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: floriculture; crop physiology
Jane Mt Pleasant -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; human-plant interactions; Research interests: soil and cropping systems; sustainable agriculture
Kenneth Mudge -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; Research interests: plant propagation - conventional and micropropagation; woody plant physiology; agroforestry
Martha Mutschler -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; Research interests: vegetable breeding
Christopher Owens (Geneva) -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; Research interests: genomics and molecular biology of grapevines
Travis Park -- Concentrations: human-plant interactions; Research interests: Agricultural education; teacher preparation; agricultural literacy
Scott Peters -- Concentrations: human-plant interactions; Research interests: history of American higher education; public engagement; civic education; community organizing and development; political theory; public philosophy
A. Martin Petrovic -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: turfgrass science; groundwater quality; water conservation
Marvin Pritts -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: cultural practices and physiology of berry crops
Donald Rakow -- Concentrations: human-plant interactions; Research interests: public-garden management
Anusuya Rangarajan -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: cultural practices with vegetables
Stephen Reiners (Geneva) -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: vegetable crop production
Bruce Reisch (Geneva) -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; Research interests: grapevine breeding and genetics
Terence Robinson (Geneva) -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: orchard management and production systems; physiology of tree fruits
Jocelyn Rose -- Concentrations: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; human-plant interactions; Research interests: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops, pomology
Frank Rossi -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; Research interests: turfgrass science; ecology and stress tolerance
Sonja Skelly -- Concentrations: human-plant interactions; Research interests: urban horticulture
Lawrence Smart -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: breeding, genomics and physiology of shrub willow as a bioenergy crop; yield trials and variety selection; characterization of gene expression important to biomass production
Alan Taylor (Geneva) -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: seed and vegetable science
Justine Vanden Heuvel -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; Research interests: viticulture; culture and physiology of optimizing fruit aroma and flavor composition
Christopher Watkins -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: postharvest physiology of fruit crops
Courtney Weber (Geneva) -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; horticultural crop management systems; Research interests: berry crops breeding; plant genomics
Nancy Wells -- Concentrations: human-plant interactions; Research interests: the effects of the natural and built environment on human health and well-being through the life course
Thomas Whitlow -- Concentrations: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; human-plant interactions; Research interests: ecophysiology of trees; stress physiology; urban horticulture; restoration ecology
H. Chris Wien -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: physiology and cultural practices of vegetables
David Wolfe -- Concentrations: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops; Research interests: stress physiology; soil and water management of vegetable production systems
Kenong Xu -- Concentrations: breeding of horticultural crops; Research interests: plant genetics; genomics; molecular biology

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Richard Robinson (Geneva) -- Concentrations: Research interests: vegetable breeding

GRADUATE STUDENT LEARNING GOALS
Numbers correspond with assessment tools listed below
December,  2011

The overall goal is to train future leaders in horticultural research, education and outreach in both industry and public landscape spheres.

Learn more about the graduate field of horticulture's learning goals and assessment plan.