M.Ag. in Horticulture

The Master of Agriculture (M.Ag.) degree requires a student to attain advanced knowledge and achievement in Horticulture and two other fields of study. At least one of the two other fields of study must be from the College of Agricultural Sciences or closely related areas. The third field of study can be from any approved graduate major or minor. With approval, each field of study may contain integrated components.The M.Ag. is generally considered a non-thesis degree, although a 6 credit thesis is an option (see below).

Requirements for M.Ag. degree:

  • A minimum of 45 credits are required, 24 of which must be outside of the major (horticulture).
  • Horticulture will be considered the major field.
  • Twelve credits must be in the major field (horticulture) exclusive of thesis or research credits (see below).
  • Each minor field must contain a minimum of 9 credits.
  • Students have an option of a research paper (3-6 credits) or thesis (6 credits).
  • No more than 9 blanket-numbered* credits are to be contained in the program, excluding the research paper or thesis. [* blanket-numbered courses are those whose middle digit is zero, e.g., 505, 507, etc. (See Graduate Catalog for more information).
  • The Department of Horticulture requires the following be included in a student's MAg study program:
    • HORT 507 (1 credit), Horticulture Seminar. The student presents a seminar at the regularly scheduled time of the department seminar (Tuesdays at 4:00 pm)
    • HORT 511 (2 credits), Research and Educational Perspectives in Horticulture, to be taken the first Fall term of enrollment.
    • A minimum of 4 credits of ENT/HORT 518, PBG/HORT 519, or HORT 520 (two credits per course). At least one course should be related to the student's area of emphasis, but students are encouraged to enroll in other topic areas.
  • Successful completion of a final oral exam which may include questions from both the coursework and the research paper or thesis.

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