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 Spring, Summer, or Fall 2019.

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

All graduate assistantships include a stipend and tuition waiver. Graduate students also have health insurance through the university. Graduate students pay a $25 matriculation fee/semester, as well as any university fees. For more information about fees, see:


Graduate Assistantship - Viticulture

The Department of Horticulture (Athens Campus) is seeking an MS graduate student with an applied viticulture focus. Part of the research project focus will be on using advanced pruning techniques and other novel methods to delay bud break, reduce spring frost injury, and maintain crop yield and fruit quality. Ideas to collaborate and develop related side projects are welcomed. The preferred start date is January 2020 (spring semester), but may also be May 2020 (summer semester).

Applicants should have a BS in horticulture, food science, plant biology, 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 (