The Department of Horticulture invites applications to our MS and PhD programs. Our graduate program emphasizes scientific study and original research. Each student’s program is tailored to meet the needs of that student. Graduates from our program are targeted to fill positions in academia, government, international organizations, and the private sector.

Prospective students can choose among the major commodity areas of fruit and nut crops, vegetables, and ornamentals. Within these commodities, specialization is available in many areas, including environmental conservation, plant physiology, post-harvest, plant development, plant nutrition, biochemistry, product utilization, pest management, sustainable horticulture, breeding, and biotechnology. Departmental assistantships, which include tuition waivers, are available for graduate students starting in Fall ’18 and/or Spring ’19.

Applications will be evaluated based on the academic strength and research background of the applicant, as well as the fit with ongoing research programs in the department. For more information, see or contact the graduate coordinator, Dr. Marc van Iersel. Applications must be submitted on-line at

The Department of Horticulture (Athens Campus) is seeking a Master's student with an applied viticulture focus.

The primary research focus will be on using cultural practices, such as delayed pruning and other techniques, to avoid vineyard frost damage in regionally popular, early-bud breaking cultivars (e.g. Chardonnay, Merlot, Chardonel, Blanc du Bois, Lomanto, etc.). The anticipated start date is flexible, but will ideally occur between August 2018 and May 2019.

Applicants need to have a BS in viticulture, horticulture, food science, plant biology, or closely related field. The position comes with a graduate assistantship, which includes a stipend and tuition waiver. Graduate students also have health insurance through the university. The graduate student will pay a $25 matriculation fee/semester, as well as any university fees."

For more info, contact Dr. Cain Hickey (

Graduate Research Assistantship, Christmas Tree Improvement Research – Horticulture

Position availability: Spring 2018

The University of Georgia, Department of Horticulture is seeking applicants for a PhD student. The student will conduct research in the area of Christmas tree improvement.  Research will focus on the propagation of Momi and Fraser fir by Somatic Embryogenesis, and will be conducted at the University of Georgia, Griffin Campus, at Georgia Tech, and at several locations throughout the state of Georgia.  An assistantship including a competitive stipend and tuition waiver is available. Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Mark Czarnota ( directly and include the following information: 1) statement of interest, 2) resume, 3) GRE score (plus TOEFL if applicable), 4) unofficial transcripts, and 5) the names of three references.  Also, the student will be expected to complete class work at the Athens Campus, and conduct research at the University of Georgia Griffin campus and Georgia Tech.  The student will also be expected to assist with other related research projects, as well as collaborate directly on research and extension publications. Official applications need to be submitted online at