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Apply to Master of Horticultural Science (MHS) Online

Step 1: Determine whether there are graduate faculty working in your area of interest

Because the Master of Horticultural Science is tailored to students’ specific interests, applicants should review the list of graduate faculty members before applying to ensure that their area of interest is represented.

Step 2: Ensure you meet the required qualifications for application

Applicants should ensure they meet all requirements before submitting their application. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, GRE scores, and references are needed to apply. To view a complete list of eligibility requirements, visit the MHS Program page. The Graduate School has its own criteria for admission in addition to the specific admissions requirements for the MHS Program. To understand more about the Graduate School admission requirements, visit the Graduate School Support Center. There you will find information regarding frequently asked questions along with Self Service features, Live Chat, and technical support.

Step 3: Check Graduate School requirements and deadlines

Applications and all supporting documents must be received on or before the deadlines posted in the left sidebar. For more information on enrollment dates, visit the enrollment calendar.

International applicants typically have earlier deadlines to allow time to process necessary visa documentation. Applicants applying for financial aid also usually have earlier deadlines. View the most up-to-date Graduate School deadlines.

Step 4: Prepare your application materials

All applications must include the following:

  • Application fee ($75 for domestic and US permanent residents; $85 for international applicants)
  • One unofficial transcript from each previously attended college or university
  • Three recommendations
  • Proof of English Proficiency (non-US citizen applicants only)
  • Personal Statement

All of the above-listed requirements can and should be uploaded to the online application (see Step 7), and test scores should be sent electronically to the Graduate School from the Educational Testing Service.

Step 5: Inquire about financial aid

Financial aid eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office. We encourage you to contact your financial aid advisor in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. A limited amount of grant funding is also available to students enrolled in Online and Distance Education degrees. Criteria for funding is based on academic merit, demonstrated financial need, and enrollment in multiple Online and Distance Education courses per semester. For additional information, please visit NC State’s Student Services Center website, or call (919) 515-2421. NC State also offers a monthly payment plan.

Step 6: Inquire on assistantships and financial assistance with the Horticultural Science Department

Due to the limited number of assistantships available from the Department of Horticultural Science, if you require financial assistance, please contact the Director of Graduate Programs, Gina Fernandez, before submitting your application. If you are interested, applicants should apply by January 31st for Fall enrollment of the same year, and by September 30th for Spring (January) enrollment.

Step 7: Apply to the online Master of Horticultural Science degree program

Use our online application to apply to the Master of Horticultural Science Program. You may check the status of your application at any time. Students will receive a letter of approval upon program acceptance.