The Horticulture and Natural Resources graduate program offers a offers doctor of philosophy degree program in diverse horticultural and interdisciplinary areas and in Natural Resources disciplines related to Park Management and Conservation and Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management. For areas of research focus, please visit http://www.hnr.ksu.edu/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=400. Graduate students are expected to excel in research, teaching, extension activities and develop professionally. Independent and original research is an important part of the graduate program and forms a basis for a graduate thesis. Research can be conducted within the department or in other cooperating departments.