Our Programs

The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture offers graduate degree programs leading to an M.S. or Ph.D. in plant and soil sciences. The Department's pride is its excellent teaching, research, and extension programs carried out by more than 70 faculty members in six core areas: landscape ecology and design; ornamental horticulture; plant breeding and genetics; soil and water sciences; turf/range/forage science; and weed science. The Department also conducts research nationally and internationally in plant physiology, viticulture, molecular biology, plant biotechnology, plant breeding, nutrient cycling and management, rangeland ecology and management, renewable bioenergy, soil and water management, and on the environmental impact and sustainability of agriculture.

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Ms. Danielle Lopez

Graduate Program Administrative Assistant

Ms. Kathy Schindler

Distance Graduate Program Administrative Assistant


Graduate Degrees Offered

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

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

Areas of Specialization

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 University of Nebraska–Lincoln programs.

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


TA Resources

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.

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2017 Graduate Student Awards

Our graduate students earn numerous awards, fellowships and honors.

2017 Graduate Student Award Winners

2017 Soil Judging Team. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Young
The Soil Judging Team will head to nationals in the spring after sweeping the Region V competition Sept. 28 in Redfield, South Dakota. | Photo courtesy Rebecca Young