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
man in dark coat examining grapevines

Contact Us

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

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

What's happening in Horticulture?

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

Lynn Sosnoskie standing in front of a group of people outside next to a weed and talking about it.


Projects aim to manage weeds in organic fruit, hemp farming
Lynn Sosnoskie, assistant professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, is collaborating on a $2 million project to study electric weed control in perennial fruit crops. She is also leading a $325,000 weed management study for hemp. Both...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Agriculture
high density apple planting at Cornell Orchards


At the 2021 joint meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) and the American Pomological Society (APS), Cornell apple researcher Terence Robinson was elected an ASHS Fellow, awarded the APS’s Wilder Medal and was co-author...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
Anna Underhill calibrates a leaf disk tray in the BlackBird imaging robot


A radical collaboration between a biologist and an engineer is supercharging efforts to protect grape crops, and the technology they’ve developed will soon be available to researchers nationwide.
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
Larry Smart checks industrial hemp plants in a greenhouse


Growing hemp for CBD (cannabidiol) is a burgeoning industry, thanks to the compound’s use in treating everything from pain, anxiety and depression to easing cancer-related symptoms.
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Crops
Basil leaves with orange between veins, symptomatic of basil downy mildew


Nothing spells disappointment more during pesto-making season than visiting your basil patch only to find your carefully tended crop ravaged. But that is exactly what happened to Meg McGrath, a plant pathologist based at Cornell’s Long Island...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section