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Agriculture and Life Sciences (Horticulture) M.P.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study


Program Description

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree offered through the School of Integrative Plant Science is a one-year, course-based master's degree, ideal for individuals who are interested in in-depth study of the issues and advancements in plant and soil sciences. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a passion for the importance of plants in securing a sustainable future for the world’s population, competency in undergraduate science coursework, and interest in applying knowledge gained in a professional career.

Requirements for the Master of Professional Studies (Agriculture and Life Sciences) degree are thirty credits of mostly advanced course work related to the student's professional interests; a problem-solving project; two semesters in full-time statuis and a minimum grade point average of 2.5. 

While students have the opportunity to customize their own course of study with their faculty advisor, the Field of Horticulture offers several areas of specialization for MPS degree candidates. Each of these areas include a suggested curriculum of core and elective courses that fulfill the requirements of the MPS in Agriculture and Life Sciences degree while placing particular emphasis in an area of specialization. Specialization areas include: Controlled Environment Agriculture, Viticulture, and Public Garden Leadership.


Contact Information

Phone: 607-255-3267

134A Plant Science Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • breeding of horticultural crops
  • horticultural crop management systems
  • human-plant interactions
  • physiology and ecology of horticultural crops


2018-2019: $35,736

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: Feb. 15: applications received after the application deadline will be considered if space is available

Spring: check with field 


Requirements Summary:

A strong background in life sciences is important, as evidenced by grades, coursework and research projects undertaken. Three letters of recommendation are required. For all non-native English speaking students, a minimum TOEFL of reading 20, writing 20, listening 15 and speaking 22 (Internet-based test) is required and a cumulative score is not acceptable. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 accumulative is required.

Learning Outcomes