Graduate Program, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee

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The Department of Plant Sciences (PLSC) offers programs of study in diverse fields, including horticulture, crop science, weed science, postharvest physiology, bioactive natural plant products, stress physiology, woody ornamentals, public horticulture, and turfgrass.  Student research and outreach projects in each of these areas can result in a masters degree in Plant Sciences.  Through joint collaborations with participating Departments and Colleges, we also offer MLA and PhD options. 

Masters of Landscape Architecture degrees (MLA, MSLA, MALA) are offered through an intercollegiate arrangement between the Department of Plant Sciences and the College of Arts and Architecture.  For more information about this program, visit the Graduate Degrees in Landscape Architecture website:

The Department of Plant Sciences also offers a PhD degree in Plants, Soils & Insects, is offered in collaboration with the Entomology and Plant Pathology faculty and soils faculty in Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences.  PhD concentrations in Plant Sciences include: Crop Sciences, Horticulture, Plant Breeding, Plant Molecular Genetics and Weed Science.

Please see individual faculty web sites for in-depth descriptions of current research projects in the department.

Contact Dr. Bill Klingeman with questions about our graduate programs.

See the Positions page for descriptions of some of our currently available Graduate Research Assistantships

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