Prospective Graduate Students

graduate students

Thinking about graduate school? Really? Have you thought this through??

Well, assuming you have, we are always on the lookout for exceptional, creative students who have passion, dedication, and enthusiasm for horticulture, scientific research, and lifelong learning. Our program is research-based with a particular focus on breeding and development of nursery and bioenergy crops, but we're easily distracted and get involved in a broad diversity of projects.

A graduate program should help prepare you for the next phase of your career and life and the details are sometimes nebulous (graduate school, not to mention your life). Students here work with their advisor(s) and committee to tailor a program of research, course work, teaching, university service, and outreach activities to help educate, train, and inspire. Graduate school is a rare privilege and opportunity and a big commitment on behalf of the student, staff, faculty, advisors, and the university as a whole. We do our best to make it a rewarding experience for all. Because the MCI lab is located off campus, students often take their coursework on campus and spend summers and breaks here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. We provide housing here in the mountains.

field studies in the mountains

For more information on graduate programs in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University, check out the Graduate Programs page. Those interested in applying for graduate school should go to the Graduate Admissions page. For answers to common questions about the NCSU Graduate School, try FAQ/Live Chat. Additional information on plant breeding at NC State is available through the Center for Plant Breeding and Applied Plant Genomics. For more information on past and current students, see our People page. If you think you might be particularly interested in a graduate program at the MIC Lab, feel free to email Dr. Thomas Ranney with a résumé, a list of completed courses, a brief statement of your research and career interests, and any questions you may have.

working in horticulture