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Graduate Studies

Are you interested in crop science, horticulture, landscape architecture, plant breeding, plant molecular genetics, or weed science?

The Department of Plant Sciences provides graduate level educational and research opportunities, led by the Herbert College of Agriculture, for students interested in a range of concentrations.

We are very happy that you have chosen to pursue an advanced degree with us and look forward to working with you over the next few years. I am confident that most of you will be able to look back on this experience as one of the more enjoyable and exciting times of your life.

Please do not hesitate to contact your advisor, a faculty member, Graduate Coordinator Bill Klingeman, Administrative Assistant for Student Records Sandy Kitts, or me if you have any questions, need guidance, or have suggestions. We welcome input on ways to strengthen this experience for future students. I have an open door policy. My office is in Room 358 Plant Biotechnology Building.

Sincerely,

Scott Senseman

Professor and Department Head

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Graduate students conduct research under the guidance of a professor. Meet Plant Sciences faculty and discover their areas of research and programming.

PROGRAMS

Beef and Forage Center

UT Crops

FACULTY


PROGRAMS

UT Horticulture

FACULTY


PROGRAMS

UT River Studio

FACULTY

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PROGRAMS

Center for Agricultural Synthetic Biology

Omics Hub

Rachel Chair of Excellence in Plant Molecular Genetics

FACULTY


PROGRAMS

Tennessee Master and Advanced Nursery Producer Program

UT Sustainable Nursery and Landscape

FACULTY


PROGRAMS

UT Organic and Sustainable Crops

VOL Supported Agriculture CSA (VSA)

FACULTY


PROGRAMS

UT Commercial Vegetable

UT Crops

FACULTY


PROGRAMS

Tennessee Master Gardener Program

UT Gardens

UT Horticulture

FACULTY


PROGRAMS

Athletic Research and Performance Center

Turfgrass Weeds

Weed Diagnostics Center

FACULTY


Programs

Herbicide Stewardship

Weed Diagnostic Center

FACULTY


Explore Coursework

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Plant Sciences Minor
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Master of Science in Plant Sciences
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Master of Landscape Architecture
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PHD in Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences
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Visit the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Handbook for information about admissions, procedures, and curriculum.

Plant Sciences Professor John Sorochan gives a tour of Neyland Stadium to the Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association promotes fellowship among upper level Plant Sciences students.

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The Plant Biotechnology Building provides excellent laboratory spaces and facilities for a range of your research, including a world class Omics Hub.


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UT Institute of Agriculture Greenhouses have recently received major renovation and expansion that has increased capabilities for your work.


A view of a gazebo amongst UT Gardens in bloom on a clear Spring day

UT Gardens provides excellent training, education, and research opportunities for you.


Graduate Coordinator William Klingeman

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Master of Landscape Architecture degrees are offered through an intercollegiate partnership.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Plant Sciences Graduate Student Resources

Award Incentive Program

Graduate Course Listings (Coming Soon)

Frequently Asked Questions (Coming Soon)

Tips for Writing a Statement of Intent Letter

Travel Funds Request (Coming Soon)

Additional Graduate Student Resources