MS/PhD Field of Horticulture

Shaping food systems and landscapes of today and for the future

Graduate study in Cornell's Integrative School of Plant Science is organized into five Graduate Fields providing unparalleled opportunities to connect disciplines, creatively solve problems, and integrate complex systems, preparing graduates for diverse careers and futures as leaders in science and society.

The Field of Horticulture includes the study of fruits, vegetables and landscape plants to sustain the environment, enhance economic vitality, and improve quality of life. As the only horticulture program in the Ivy League, our faculty, staff and students are working to shape the food systems and landscapes of today and for the future. Faculty in this field are associated with the SIPS Horticulture Section and also the SIPS Plant Breeding & Genetics Section.

Graduate Field Concentrations

The MS/PhD Graduate Field of Horticulture has four concentrations:

  • Horticultural Crop Breeding
  • Horticulture Crop Management
  • Physiology & Ecology of Horticultural Crops
  • Human-Plant Interactions
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Contact Us

Josh Balles
Graduate Field Coordinator
237 Emerson Hall
Phone: 607-255-9573
Email: jeb527 [at] cornell.edu

Thomas Björkman
Director of Graduate Studies
205 Hedrick Hall
Phone: 315-787-2218
Email: tnb1 [at] cornell.edu

What's happening in Horticulture?

Learn more research, outreach, and teaching in the Field of Horticulture

Hops growing on a vine

News

Cornell AgriTech launches hops breeding program
The program – to be led by Larry Smart, professor of horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – will integrate AgriTech expertise to help the state’s hops growers overcome breeding and disease-management challenges. Craft...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Craft Beverage Institute
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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News

A Schuyler County-Cornell pilot project could help New York farmers diversify their crops and give regional food manufacturers a cost-effective source for the popular legume.
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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News

No single organic weed control option works particularly well alone to control weeds in apple orchards during establishment. But strategies combining techniques do work well, particularly using wood chip mulches with organic herbicides. That’s...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Organic
Man walks through a research vineyard.

News

An anonymous gift of $1.5 million to support Cornell AgriTech research will improve grapevine health, quality, yields and profitability in New York state’s wine and grape industry through the creation of an endowed graduate student research...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
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News

The College of Engineering student found her academic footing and forged a new major as a junior with help and inspiration from Drew Margolin, associate professor in the Department of Communication in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences...
  • Animal Science
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science