The Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. A thesis based on original research is required for these degrees. Completion of these degrees normally takes 2 to 2 1/2 years for the Masters and 3 to 3 1/2 years for the Doctor of Philosophy.
For students who do not plan further graduate study or who wish to substitute additional courses for the research requirements in their graduate programs, the Master of Horticultural Science (MHS) degree is offered. Generally, this is considered a terminal degree.
Those interested in applying for graduate school should go to the Graduate Admissions page. For answers to common questions about the NCSU Graduate School, check out the following web site (FAQ / Live Chat). New arrivals should see Getting Established.
Certificate (Non-Degree) Programs
Information on Graduate Program
- General Information
- Getting Established
- Graduate Admissions
- Graduate Faculty
- Graduate Students
- Graduate Handbook
- NCSU Graduate School
- MHS and MS Plan of Graduate Work Template (MS Word)
- PhD Plan of Graduate Work Template (MS Word)
- Student Progress Report (PDF)
- Residence and Tuition Status Application
- Schedule of Required Documents
- Registration and Records
- NCSU Libraries: Services for Graduate Students and Postdocs
- Electronic Theses and Dissertations at NCSU Libraries