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

Field of Study

Program Description

Requirements for the Master of Professional Studies (Agriculture and Life Sciences) degree are two residence units; thirty credits of mostly advanced course work related to the student's professional interests; a problem-solving project; and a minimum grade point average of 2.5. In addition, the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences) program has a Peace Corps option in which the student undertakes two semesters of academic work at Cornell and a Peace Corps assignment. For information and instructions on how to apply, visit the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences)/Peace Corps Web site, or contact International Programs, 33 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; phone 607-255-3035; e-mail:

Contact Information

Phone: 607-255-9573

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



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 

MPS (Public Garden Leadership Program) Fall only: PLEASE NOTE: Due to pending changes in the Cornell Graduate Program in Public Garden Leadership, applications for this program will not be accepted. However, the graduate field of Horticulture will accept applications for its two other MPS programs. For questions about applying to the Public Garden Leadership program contact Sonja Skelly,

Requirements Summary:

A strong background in life sciences is important, as evidenced by grades, coursework and research projects undertaken. Three letters of recommendation and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is 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. We urge serious candidates to contact our graduate faculty to introduce themselves, to discuss mutual research interests; and if appropriate, to plan a visit to Cornell. All application materials must be received by Dec. 1 for the fall term, or Sept. 15 for the spring term.


The overall goal is to train future leaders in horticultural research, education and outreach in both industry and public landscape spheres.

Learn more about the graduate field of horticulture's learning goals and assessment plan.