Once obtained, the PhD degree represents the ability of the recipient to conduct original research and scholarly work at the highest level without supervision. As stated in the NCSU Graduate Catalog, “The degree is not granted simply upon completion of a stated amount of course work, but rather upon demonstration by the student of a comprehensive knowledge and high attainment in scholarship in a specialized field of study. The student must demonstrate this ability by writing a dissertation reporting the results of an original investigation and by passing a series of comprehensive examinations in the field of specialization and related areas of knowledge.”
To be admitted to the PhD program, you must have a BS and MS degrees from accredited institution(s). Occasionally, the department will admit a qualifying student directly into the PhD program after completing their BS degrees. These students must have obtained three or more years of professional experience in a related area of horticultural science after completion of their BS degree and high GPA/GRE scores.