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Plant Sciences and Horticulture Graduate Programs

2013 Spring - Graduate Students (cropped)

The NDSU Department of Plant Sciences offers graduate studies leading to the M.S. degree in Plant Sciences, Cereal Science, and Horticulture, and to the Ph.D. degree in Plant Sciences and Cereal Science. Specialized academic and research training in Plant Sciences is available in plant breeding and genetics, weed science, biotechnology, field and forage crop production and management, sports and urban turfgrass management, and crop physiology. Areas of specialization in Horticulture and Forestry include breeding and genetics, biotechnology, physiology, propagation, and production and management of horticultural crops such as woody plants, potatoes, vegetables, and herbaceous ornamentals. Areas of specialization in cereal science may involve research in the areas of carbohydrates, enzymes, legumes, and other northern-grown crops; barley malting and brewing; wheat milling, baking, and pasta processing. Each study area is designed to provide students with a comprehension of the discipline and of relevant regional and global-community social issues.

The Department of Plant Sciences is located in Loftsgard Hall, completed in 1991, with modern and well-equipped research laboratories, offices for faculty and graduate students, and classrooms. As part of the Plant Sciences Complex, Loftsgard Hall provides a state-of-the-art facility for interdisciplinary research in plant sciences, ranging from basic studies and biotechnology to the more traditional applied areas. Facilities for cereal science research are located in Harris Hall. These facilities include analytical laboratories for grain quality research, baking, milling, malting and brewing, and pasta and noodle processing. State-of-the-art greenhouses and extensive growth chamber facilities are also available.  100 acres of field research land are located adjacent to the Plant Sciences Complex, and an additional 500 acres of research land are located near the North Dakota State University campus. A horticultural farm only 35 miles west of campus has an extensive arboretum. Seven associated Research Extension Centers are located throughout North Dakota on which field trials and other research is done specific to the area and climatic conditions.

Graduate Program Requirements and Procedures


Interested in applying?

Applications for graduate studies in the Department of Plant Sciences are accepted any time during the year and must be submitted directly to the  NDSU Graduate School.  Applications will not be considered until complete.


North Dakota State University is an equal opportunity institution.

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