PhD in Horticulture

Program Objectives
The major objectives of opening PhD level training in horticulture are to:
  • Produce highly qualified graduates with the knowledge, attitude and skills necessary for promoting horticultural crops production, processing and marketing.
  • Generate and/or adopt appropriate technologies through client oriented, demand driven and problem solving research activities in the areas of horticultural crops, production and processing.
  • Actively involve in the dissemination of appropriate technologies to ultimate users through the college’s well cherished community outreach programs, workshops, net working and consultancy/advisory services.   
Entry Requirements
Students seeking admission into PhD in Horticulture program must have M.Sc degree in Horticulture, Plant Science, Biology, or related agricultural sciences supported with a research thesis. All graduate students must have adequate background in horticulture, plant physiology, agricultural statistics (biometry), plant protection, genetics and plant breeding. Applicants must pass the written and oral entrance exams and fully satisfy the academic rules and regulation of the University. 

Graduate profile
Students who complete their PhD study in the field of horticulture will be equipped with the knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to work competently within three broad job sectors:
  • As researchers, they can engage in research institutes, universities, and other higher education institutes to actively involve in research activities in horticulture and related fields;
  • As teachers or trainers, they will have a broad range of opportunities, varying from teaching in universities, development worker for an NGO or a governmental body, as a consultant for private enterprises/ companies, as an extension worker for farmers and regional communities and so forth.
  • As policy makers, involve in policy formulation and implementation in the field of horticulture and related disciplines
  • PhD graduates might also opt to take up their own business as private investors or entrepreneurs or mangers within a commercial farm or business   
Graduation Requirement
  • A student is required to take a minimum of 24 credit hours of which the major courses should cover minimum of 14 credits while the rest can be from minor courses. The student must obtain at least a “B” grade in all courses. A student that scored one “C” grade will also be eligible for graduation.  A student, however, should complete his/her PhD thesis research work and defend successfully. The prospective graduate must fully satisfy the academic rules and regulations of the University set for graduation of graduate students.    

Degree Nomenclature: Doctoral Degree  in Horticulture

Course Breakdown
 Year I Semester I (Core Courses) 
Course Code
Course Title
Cr. hrs
HORT 501
Advanced Biometry
3 (3+0)
HORT 521
Advanced Post-harvest Physiology of Horticultural Crops
2 (1+1)
HORT 531
Graduate Seminar on Current Topics in Horticulture (I) major
1 (1+0)
 
Advanced Plant Breeding
3 (2+1)
 
Laboratory Techniques in Horticulture
2 (0+2)
 
Semester Total
12 (6+6)

 Credited elective courses 

Course Code

Course Title

Cr. Hrs

HORT 591

Advanced Tropical Fruit Crops production

3 (2+1)

HORT 581

Advanced coffee production and processing

3 (2+1)

 

Advances in Vegetable Seed Production

2 (1+1)

HORT 481

Advanced Tea Production and Processing

2 (1+1)

HORT 471

Advanced Spice and Herbs Production and Processing

3 (2+1)

 

Pathology of Horticultural Crops

2 (1+1)

 

Semester Total

12 (6+6)

 Non-credited (audited) courses 

Course Code

Course Title

Cr. Hrs

HORT 511

Horticultural Marketing and Value Chain management

2 (2+0)

HORT 551

Resource Management

2 (2+0)

HORT 531

Integrated pest management of Horticultural crops

2 (1+1)

HORT 561

Entrepreneurship & Agribusiness Development

2 (2+0)

 

Semester Total

5 (3+2)

Year I Semester II Major (Core Courses)

Course Code

Course Title

Cr. hrs

 

Post-harvest Handling of Horticultural Crops

2 (1+1)

HORT 531

Graduate Seminar on Current Topics in Horticulture (II) minor

1 (1+0)

 

Nutrition of Horticultural Crops

2 (1+1)

 

Semester Total

5 (3+2)

 Elective courses 

Course Code

Course Title

Cr. Hrs

 

Applied Plant Biotechnology

2 (1+1)

HORT 541

Advanced Plant Propagation

2 (1+1)

HORT 552

Advanced Root & Tuber Crops Production & Management

2 (1+1)

HORT 562

Advanced Vegetable Crops Production & Management

2 (1+1)

 

Pathology of Horticultural Crops

3 (2+1)

 

Semester Total

7 (4+3)

 Non-credited (audited) courses

Course Code

Course Title

Cr. Hrs

 

Advanced Vegetable Crops Breeding

2 (1+1)

 

Advanced Fruit Crops Breeding

2 (1+1)

HORT 502

Greenhouse Crops Production and Management

3 (2+1)

HORT 592

Advanced Subtropical & Temperate Fruit crops production

3 (2+1)

HORT 571

Training and Communication Skills Development

2 (2+0)

 

Advanced Vegetable Crops Breeding

2 (1+1)

 

Advanced Fruit Crops Breeding

2 (1+1)

 Year II (Semester I and II)

Course No.

Course Title

Cr. Hrs

HORT

Thesis  Work (Doctoral Dissertation)

6

 

Total

6

 Year III (Semester I and II)

Course No.

Course Title

Cr. Hrs

HORT

Thesis  Work (Doctoral Dissertation)

6

 

Total

6