Prospective Students

Individuals interested in applying to graduate school for Horticultural should explore the ongoing research programs to find a program that aligns with your personal interests and professional goals. Potential applicants should contact faculty members working in research areas of interest to see if they have a graduate position with an Assistantship available. A list of our graduate faculty is available in the Horticulture Graduate Program Handbook.

All applicants applying directly to the Horticulture program must apply through the UGA Graduate School. An alternative for Ph.D. students uncertain of which plant sciences program to apply may wish to consider applying to the  Integrated Plant Sciences (IPS) Program. Through IPS an incoming Ph.D. student can explore three different plant sciences program before choosing where they land.

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Important Information

  • Find a research program of interested; speak to research faculty about positions, Assitatships and research interests
  • Applicants must find a Faculty Advisor who is willing to take them on with an existing Assistantship
  • Ph.D. applicants are not accepted without an existing M.S. degree
  • Foreign applicants may need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other test for English proficiency
  • GRE test scores are not required by Horticulture
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Horticulture does not make the final decision regarding admission of potential graduate students. The Horticulture Graduate Coordinator sends a recommendation of admission to the UGA Graduate School. Graduate Admissions reviews the recommendation and the Dean of the Graduate School makes the final decision of acceptance or non-acceptance. Graduate Admissions notifies the applicant once the decision is made.  

The initial recommendation from Horticulture is made followed an individual review of the applicant by the Horticulture Graduate Student committee. This committee is made up of five Graduate Faculty. Applicants that have not found a research faculty member to work with and an available Assistantship will have a more difficult time getting recommended for admissions. For potential graduate students who do not need financial assistance, there generally are more options. Those applicants are still encouraged to contact faculty members who are active in an area of interest to see if they would be willing to serve as their advisor.

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Application Information

 Applicants apply through the UGA Graduate School with the following materials

  • Application processing fee, non-refundable
  • Unofficial transcripts from each institution attended (official transcripts are only required if offered admission)
  • GRE scores are not required by may be submitted is desired by the applicant
  • International applicants may be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS or DUOLINGO score to demonstrate English competency
  • International applicants will be required to submit a Certificate of Finance form
  • Applicants separately submit to the Horticulture Department

Applicants submit to the Horticulture Department directly as part of the online admissions process the following materials

  • A Statement of Purpose
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation 


Graduate Coordinator

Dayton Wilde
Dayton Wilde Professor; Emphasis: Molecular genetics of ornamental plants

Graduate Coordinator Assistant

Maria Twedt
Maria Twedt Academic Services Professional


Travel Grants for Prospective or Recently Accepted Graduate Students

Graduate faculty advisors with prospective or recently accepted graduate students may apply for a travel grant to visit the Horticulture Department at UGA.

Awards are need-based and will only serve as a reimbursement of actual expenses. Students are limited to receiving funding once per academic year. To Complete Your Travel Grant Application Packet

  1. The prospective or future Advisor will fill in the Travel Grant Application for Graduate Student Recruitment form.
  2. Once completed, the Advisor will upload the completed application into the Travel Grant Submission link.
  3. Once the application is submitted, the Department Head is automatically notified for review.