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]

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

A sweep of early-season flower bulbs sprout from the lawn adjacent to a park walkway


‘Naturalized’ bulb plantings bloom around Ithaca
All around Ithaca, long swaths of flower bulbs are popping up through the still-dormant grass to provide some extra early-season color, thanks to Bill Miller and his Cornell Flower Bulb Research Program team. Miller is a professor in the School...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plants
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Field Note

Carlyn Buckler: Understanding and communicating science
Carlyn Buckler is an associate professor of practice in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. She teaches three innovative classes, heads up the Master of Professional Studies Hemp Science Focus Area, and is active...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plants


Grad Teaching Fellows lead inclusive teaching effort in SIPS

Inclusive learning environments help students thrive. The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) is one of many units all across Cornell working to build more inclusive, equitable learning experiences.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
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Leading Through Extension: Finding Our Common Humanity
Under Anu Rangarajan’s direction, the Cornell Small Farms Program builds networks and cultivates relationships among new, aspiring, and longtime farmers across the state. During the past year, when staying connected feels harder than ever...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
Bosco with eastern American black walnut (Juglans nigra)


Bosco receives Botany in Action Fellowship

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section