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Graduate Admissions

Those interested in graduate school in Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University should follow the procedures listed below:

  • Step 1:

    Determine whether there are graduate faculty working in your area of interest.

  • Step 2:

    Check your qualifications for graduate school:

    • Background courses (calculus, physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry)
    • Biology courses (botany, plant pathology, entomology, soils, genetics, biochemistry, plant physiology)
    • Horticultural Science or Landscape Horticulture courses (in your area of interest)
    • GPA of 3.0 or better
    • GRE scores of 152 or better (verbal) and 143 or better (quantitative) and 3.0 or better (analytical) tests
    • TOEFL scores of 80 or better (internet exam), 213 or better (computer exam), and 550 or better (paper exam) for those with non-native English
    • Three letters of recommendation from instructors or supervisors
  • Step 3:

    Check Graduate School requirements and deadlines

    Applications and all supporting documents must be received on or before the Graduate School priority deadlines or the Horticulture Department deadlines, whichever is earlier. International applicants typically have earlier deadlines to allow time to process necessary visa documentation. Applicants applying for financial aid usually have earlier deadlines, too.

  • Step 4:

    Prepare your application materials

    All applications must include the following:

    • Application Fee ($75 for domestic and US permanent residents, $85 for international, $25 for certificates)
    • One unofficial transcript from each previously attended college or university
    • Three recommendations (optional for certificate applicants)
    • Proof of English Proficiency (non-US citizen applicants only)
    • Personal Statement

    All of the above listed requirements can/should be uploaded to the online application, and test scores should be sent electronically to the Graduate School from the Educational Testing Service.

  • Step 5:

    Inquire on assistanships and financial assistance with the Horticulture Department.

    Due to the limited number of assistantships available from the Department of Horticultural Science, if you require financial assistance, please contact the Director of Graduate Programs ( prior to submitting your application. If you are interested, applicants should apply by January 31st for Fall enrollment of the same year and by September 30th for Spring (January) enrollment.

  • Step 6:

    Apply to the Graduate School for admission

    See Future Students for further admission information, financing graduate school, life at NC State University and Raleigh.

  • Step 7:

    Review important resources