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Horticulture BSA/Horticulture MS

Graduates from the Double Dawgs program have career opportunities in Extension (especially as county agents), the horticultural industry (research and/or managerial positions in large horticultural companies), and will be well-prepared to enter Ph.D. programs at UGA or elsewhere.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the joint BS/MS pathway will generally occur at the end of the student's junior year. Applications must be completed by May 15 for fall admission or December 1 for spring admission.

Preference for admission to the Double Dawgs pathway will be given to students who have:

  1. Earned a GPA on all college course work in horticulture (HORT), biology (BIOL or PBIO), and chemistry (CHEM) of 3.2 or better
  2. Earned a GPA on all college course work (overall GPA) of 3.0 or better
  3. Completed two courses in introductory chemistry
  4. A faculty member who agrees to serve as the Major Professor

Students who do not meet these standards at the end of their junior year (90 semester credit hours) may be admitted after they have completed 105 semester credit hours, if they have attained the required qualifications at that time.


Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements:
HORT 6430 Plant Physiology (3 credit hours)
HORT 6440 Environmental Physiology (4 credit hours)
HORT 6590 and 6590L Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition with lab (4 credit hours)
HORT 6990 Environmental Issues in Horticulture (1 credit hour)

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs Program:
The final program of study for the M.S. degree needs to be approved by the student's advisory committee.

Admission to the Graduate Program

To be admitted to the M.S. program, students must have completed their undergraduate degree (with at least a 3.2 GPA) and have at least a 3.0 GPA for all graduate courses taken at the time of admission. Applicants must take the GRE and have a total score of 300 or better on the verbal plus quantitative portions. Applicants must also meet any other graduate school requirements. All applications are evaluated by a five-member departmental committee.


Graduate Coordinator

Dayton Wilde Professor; Areas of Interest: Molecular biology