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graduate students

Information and Resources

Student Responsibilities

The graduate student is expected to read and follow the guidelines described in the Agronomy & Horticulture Graduate Student Handbook. Being a graduate student cannot be considered as only a job, rather it is a means of accomplishing professional goals. The student represents the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture, and as such he/she must be professional at all times. Both the thesis and non-thesis student are responsible for:

  • making the commitment to the graduate program necessary to successfully complete his/her degree. This often requires more time than expected when beginning a graduate program.
  • familiarizing themselves with the information presented in the UNL Graduate Studies Bulletin, and to know and observe all regulations and procedures relating to the program he/she is pursuing. In no case will a regulation be waived or an exception granted because a student pleads ignorance of, or contends that he/she was not informed of the regulations or procedures. A student planning to graduate should be familiar with the dates relating to application for graduation and other pertinent deadlines.
  • satisfying the requirements outlined in the edition of the Graduate Studies Bulletin in force at the time the student is admitted to, and begins coursework in, a degree program. The student may graduate under a subsequent edition provided his/her advisor consents and he/she complies with all the requirements of the later edition.
  • following all policies and meeting all requirements and deadlines.
  • performing project-related work as defined by the advisor regardless of funding status, insuring security and energy conservation of the project equipment and facilities.
  • maintaining and caring for all project materials.
  • setting a demanding schedule to maintain his/her progress.
  • selecting a committee with the advice of his/her advisor.

Department of Agronomy & Horticulture Academic Integrity Policy


Program Summary

Agronomy and Horticulture

Graduate degrees offered


M.S.* in Agronomy
M.S.* in Horticulture
Ph.D. in Agronomy and Horticulture


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.


  • Agricultural Meteorology
  • Applied Ecology (Ph.D. only)
  • Crop Physiology and Production
  • Environmental Studies
  • Great Plains Studies
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Public Horticulture Administration (Horticulture only)
  • Range and Forage Sciences
  • Soil and Water Sciences
  • Water Resources Planning and Management (M.S. only)
  • Weed Science (Agronomy only)

*Thesis or non-thesis options.
For a special interdisciplinary program, see Plant Sciences.

Distance Education Opportunities

Online Master of Science in Agronomy


TA Resources

College Science Education Minor

All on-campus graduate students in the Department are encouraged to incorporate meaningful teaching experiences in their programs.  Examples include:  teaching or assisting in lab or lecture; organizing seminars; giving presentations; and contributing to extension and other educational-outreach efforts. The student's teaching experience should be noted on their Annual Progress Report.  The student's advisor should assist in contacting teaching faculty to arrange for appropriate teaching or extension opportunities.



Graduate Program Administrative Assistant
Ms. Marlene Busse

Distance Graduate Program Administrative Assistant
Kathy Schindler