May 30, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Horticulture and Natural Resources

Steve Keeley, Head 
Sunghun Park, Director of Graduate Studies

2021 Throckmorton Hall
Fax: 785-532-5894


The Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources offers courses of study leading to degrees of master of science and doctor of philosophy in diverse study areas and graduate certificates in advanced horticulture and horticultural therapy. Study areas include: environmental stress and molecular biology; forestry, recreation and natural resources; horticulture and human health; sustainable food production; and turf and ornamentals.

The department is housed in Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center and has over 15,000 square feet of modern office, laboratory and classroom space and 30,500 square feet of greenhouse space. Faculty have individual research labs, equipped for their specific type of research. Field research is conducted on our five off-campus research centers located in Manhattan and throughout the state. Cooperative research programs exist with the KSU departments of pathology, soil science, entomology, agronomy, biochemistry, microbiology, marketing, food science, health and nutrition, kinesiology, psychology, education and other disciplines.

The department consists of 22 faculty members, about 40 graduate students and 10 research associates, as well as post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists. The faculty have received awards for excellence in research, teaching, and extension, and serve in leadership positions with various professional societies grants panels, etc. Faculty receive competitive research grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, National Park Service, foundations, and industry groups.

The graduate program is dedicated to providing advanced discipline training, breadth and depth in research training, and mentoring to our students. The goal is the scholarly and professional development of research scientists, extension specialists, teachers, and horticultural business leaders.


Applications are accepted at any time of the year, and graduate studies can begin during fall, spring or summer terms. Applying early increases the probability of being awarded an assistantship. Departmental admission requirements can be found at Applications are completed online at

Financial Support

Research and teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis. All students on an assistantship qualify for in-state tuition. Students may also be eligible to apply for fellowships from private and federal sources.



Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science

Master of Science Emphasis Area(s)

Graduate Certificate




Park Management and Conservation

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