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Master of Science in Horticulture

Faculty working with Students: 36
Students: 17
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 100%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score

Degree Description:

This is a research-based degree, involving a formal, major research project. The objectives are to train students in the experimental method and to prepare students for handling major projects after graduation or for entering a doctoral program.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1. To prepare students to enter the many and varied professions of horticulture and/or its related fields, the program provides students with:
    • Advanced knowledge and skills necessary to function as a creative and professional practitioner, communicator, educator, or investigator in the field of horticulture.
    • Intellectual means of identifying and assessing the interactions among the many issues associated with horticulture and society at large.
    • Skills and intellectual means of contributing new knowledge to the profession of horticulture.
  2. To prepare students to be successful researchers in horticultural science and/or related fields, the program provides students with:
    • Ability to design, conduct, analyze, and communicate a research plan and results.
    • Critical thinking skills and ability to question or re-evaluate current thinking and standards related to horticultural science.
    • Skills to identify, locate, and apply knowledge discovered from horticultural science and related fields of study.
    • Opportunities to develop and communicate scientific hypotheses and problem solving.

Career Opportunities:

Federal and state agricultural laboratories
Extension agents
Management positions in allied and agricultural industries
Teaching positions
Technical positions

Career Placements:

Wine Export Manager
Assistant Production Manager for Nursery
Assistant Winemaker
Research Associate
Doctoral Program

Faculty Members:

Bondada, Bhaskar, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Anatomy and morphology of grapevine and berry, foliar applications of nutrients, water and nutrient transport into berry, berry growth and development, hydraulic architecture of vine and berry, ampelography, effect of management practices on fruit quality.

Carpenter-Boggs, Lynne, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Biologically improving crop and soil health, and sustainable use of agricultural by-products.

Chalker-Scott, Linda K, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Environmental stress physiology, ecophysiology of plants in disturbed environments, and especially in the sustainable management of human-altered landscapes. Particular interest in testing horticultural products under controlled, scientific conditions to support or disprove marketing claims.

Collins, Tom, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

wine research

Coyne, Clarice

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Mapping and characterization of plant disease resistance genes in pea and chickpea; genomic approaches to plant germplasm characterization.

Devetter, Lisa Wasko, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Physiology and sustainable production of berry crops in the Pacific Northwest. Program emphasis is on maximizing productivity and fruit quality, as well as ensuring the health of adjacent natural resources critical for berry crop production.

Dhingra, Amit, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Horticultural genomics, plastid transformation, organelle genomics, photobiology and photosynthesis.

Du, Liqun

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Evans, Katherine M, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Pome fruit breeding, genetics, genomics and germplasm analysis.

Ficklin, Steve, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

1) Improvement of the sensitivity and specificity of the models. This requires use of new statistical and computation methods to improve algorithms.
2) Through use of systems-genetics models, develop sets of gene targets of interest to breeders that can be used for crop improvement.
3) Creation of cyberinfrastructure to improve access and use of systems-genetics datasets. Specifically, to expand Tripal (http://tripal.info), an the open-source toolkit for creation of online genomic and genetic databases (of which I serve as a lead developer), to support systems genetics data sets.

Hanrahan, Ines, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Harbertson, James, Ph.D.

Location: WSU Tri-Cities

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

My laboratory works on grape (Vitis vinifera) and wine composition. We primarily focus on phenolic compounds in grapes and wine and their biochemical and chemical changes during ripening, winemaking and aging. Phenolic compounds are important to wine, for their influence on sensorial aspects including bitterness, astringency, color, and aroma. Phenolics are also important for their influence on the preservation of wine and health related aspects.

Jacoby, Pete W, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Research careeer involved control and management of invasive plant species on rangelands using herbicides and/or fire. Research centered on herbicidal control of woody weeds on rangelands. International experience in Africa, Australia and Latin America.

Jr, David Robert Rudell, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Quantitative measurement of dynamic multiparametric metabolic responses of living systems to physiological stimuli or genetic modification

Jung, Sook

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Kalcsits, Lee

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Keller, Markus, Ph.D.

Location: WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, Prosser

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Viticulture, influence of environmental factors and management practices on crop physiology of wine and juice grapes, reproductive development, fruit ripening, scion-rootstock interactions, irrigation management.

Kumar, Mohan G

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Main, Doreen, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Bioinformatics, plant comparative genomics, development of a comparative mapping database for rosaceaous crops, synteny conservation of resistance genes in Rosaceae, global analysis of functional units in plant chromosomes, development of plant bioinformatics analysis tools.

Mattheis, James Peter, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Postharvest physiology of apples, pears and cherries, assessment of fruit physiological and quality factors as indicators of fruit harvest maturity, determination of appropriate maturity indices for new fruit varieties grown in the Pacific Northwest, characterization of fruit responses to stressful storage environments and identification of principle volatiles produced by fruit as indicators of physiological condition. Preharvest field research include the study of apple and pear fruit blossom physiology. USDA-ARS Affiliate Scientist.

McGee, Rebecca, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Legume research genetics. USDA-ARS Affiliate Scientist.

Miles, Carol Ann, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

High value vegetable crops, including wasabi, pea shoots, edamame, niche-market dry beans, icebox watermelon, leafy greens, grafted vegetables; plasticulture; hard cider.

Moyer, Michelle M, Ph.D.

Location: WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, Prosser

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Viticulture Production (wine and juice grapes), Extension and Outreach Education in Viticulture, Decision Support Systems for Viticulture

Musacchi, Stefano, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Tree fruit physiology, management, and variety development.

Navarre, Duroy, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

– Molecular and biochemical basis of potato disease resistance and the nutritional enhancement of potatoes.
– Systemic acquired resistance and salicylic acid-mediate signaling, along with analysis of the role of plant small molecules in pathogen and pest interactions.

Pavek, Mark Joseph, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Potato cultural management systems including fertility, plant spacing and depth, irrigation and crop protection chemicals, variety development.

Peace, Cameron, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Tree fruit molecular breeding, genetics, genomics, and germplasm analysis, especially for fruit quality.

Poovaiah, B W, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Calcium/calmodulinmediated signaling in plants, particularly the functional significance of genes involved in this signal network.

Salazar-Gutierrez, Melba

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Serra, Sarah

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Thornton, Robert K

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Waters, Timothy David

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Pest management in vegetable crops

Whiting, Matthew David, Ph.D.

Location: WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, Prosser

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Stone fruit physiology and production systems.

Willett, Michael J

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Yang, Tinhao

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Zasada, Inga

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Contact Information:

Academic Coordinator
Johnson Hall Graduate Center
Pullman, WA 99164