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  • English
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  • 348pts.

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    The Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources offers courses of study leading to degrees of master of science and doctor of philosophy in diverse study areas and graduate certificates in advanced horticulture and horticultural therapy. Study areas include: environmental stress and molecular biology; forestry, recreation and natural resources; horticulture and human health; sustainable food production; and turf and ornamentals.

    The department is housed in Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center and has over 15,000 square feet of modern office, laboratory and classroom space and 30,500 square feet of greenhouse space. Faculty have individual research labs, equipped for their specific type of research. Field research is conducted on our five off-campus research centers located in Manhattan and throughout the state. Cooperative research programs exist with the KSU departments of pathology, soil science, entomology, agronomy, biochemistry, microbiology, marketing, food science, health and nutrition, kinesiology, psychology, education and other disciplines.

    The department consists of 24 faculty members, about 30 graduate students and 10 research associates, as well as post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists. The faculty have received awards for excellence in research, teaching, and extension, and serve in leadership positions with various professional societies grants panels, etc. Faculty receive competitive research grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, foundations, and industry groups.

    Thesis Research or Report Track

    Required Courses * Horticulture Graduate Seminar
    * Research Methods and/or Scientific Writing
    * Statistics Credit

    Thesis Research or Report: * Master's Report OR
    * Research-MS Credits

    Specialization: * Sustainable Agriculture
    * Urban Agriculture
    * Urban Food Production Practicum

    Professional Track

    Required Courses * Horticulture Graduate Seminar
    * A Professional/Scientific Writing course
    * Statistics Credits

    Specialization * Sustainable Agriculture
    * Urban Agriculture
    * Urban Food Production Practicum

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    An applicant to the Graduate School at Kansas State University must have a bachelor's degree substantially the same as the ones granted by Kansas State University. That is, it must represent a broad range of courses in the basic academic disciplines. Applicants whose degrees do not meet these standards may be denied admission to graduate degree programs at Kansas State University.Admission is denied to applicants holding bachelor's degrees with a significant amount of credit for work that was not supervised by a faculty member of an accredited college or university or evaluated in units that identify the academic content. A limited amount of credit for experience, when awarded as an acceptable part of a bachelor's degree for internships, fieldwork, or the like, is not a cause for denial but must be clearly identified as graded work.Applicants to graduate degree programs pay a non-refundable application fee of: * $50 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and * $75 for international applicants English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79

    Most graduate students are able to finance their education with a variety of financial assistance tools specific to graduate school:

    * Graduate Assistantships: Funded by individual departments and graduate programs, teaching, research and graduate assistantships are awarded based on a student's ability and promise.
    * Graduate Fellowships
    * Loans: Loans are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have successfully applied for financial assistance
    * Traineeships: Traineeships are offered through the university or departments that have federally supported traineeships.


    Kansas State University has been providing quality education to the residents of Kansas, the country and the world for the last 150 years.

    Located in a community with nearly 60,000 people and more than 24,000 students, we are able to provide a safe and supportive environment for our students.

    Kansas State University has 3 campus locations, two of which, Manhattan and Salina, have complete academic programs and on-campus housing. Olathe is the third and newest extension of the university, focusing on collaborating with industry and Kansas City K-12 schools.


    Kansas State University has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools since 1916.

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