MSc Horticulture

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Mar 13, 2023 19:31PM IST

About M.Sc Horticulture

M.Sc in Horticulture is a postgraduate degree programme that involves the study of plant harvesting including breeding, storage, storage and shipment of vegetable and fruits.

A candidate studying M.Sc Horticulture course learns the environmentally friendly practices to process food production. Candidates can expect the course to be completed with a deeper understanding of food production. The course focuses on the attention to detail to all the topics covered in the curriculum.

Resource management, food hygiene and sustainable growth are some of the skills that students gain while studying M.Sc Horticulture course. It trains students to implement their skills to increase productivity and improve the quality of food production.  

M.Sc Horticulture Highlights

Course Name

Master of Science (M.Sc) In Horticulture


Master of Science (M.Sc)

Minimum Qualification

Bachelor’s or B.Sc

Course  Fees

INR 6,000/- to 1,00,000/-

Starting  Salary

INR 4,00,000/- to INR 6,00,000/-

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M.Sc Horticulture Eligibility Criteria

The minimum eligibility criteria for admission in M.Sc Horticulture course is as follows:

  • The candidate must hold a bachelors degree in B.Sc Agriculture, B.Sc Horticulture,  B.Sc Biotechnology or any other equivalent discipline from a recognized institute.
  • Minimum percentage in the qualifying examination acceptable in most of the institute is 60%

M.Sc Horticulture Admission Process

Admission in most of the institutes is considered on merit basis i.e candidates performance in the qualifying examination is considered for admission in M.Sc Horticulture course.

However, there are also few All India level entrance examinations which are conducted for admission in top agriculture institutes in India. ICAR AIEEA is one the entrance exam conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission in postgraduate agriculture courses including M.Sc horticulture course.

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M.Sc Horticulture Syllabus

The curriculum of M.Sc Horticulture can be studied in 2 years under 4 semester. The syllabus covered in most of the institute’s in semester format is given below:

Semester 1

  • Systematic Horticulture
  • Plant Propagation &Nursery Husbandry
  •  Vegetable Crops
  • Statistical Method

Semester 2

  • Orchard Management
  • Spices and Plantation
  • Crops
  • Tropical and Subtropical Fruits
  •  Design of Experiments

Semester 3

  • Temperate Fruits
  • Minor Fruits
  • Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
  • Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops

Semester 4

  • Floriculture and Landscaping
  • Breeding of Horticultural crops
  • Marketing and Quality control of Fruits, Vegetables and Flowers
  •  Seminar and Thesis
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M.Sc Horticulture Career Options and Job Prospects

With an M.Sc horticulture degree, candidates can apply for various job roles like plant breeding, landscape management, pest controls, arboreal management etc. Candidates can also get a decent job in harvest management and agriculture management activities.

Those who concerned about the environment can opt to work in activities that involve plant protection and sustainable management.

Some of the job roles that an M.Sc Horticulture graduate candidate can opt are as follows: -

  • Horticulturist
  • Forest Officer
  • Field Officer
  • Horticultural Education Supervisor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Scientists
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FAQs about M.Sc Horticulture

What is the duration of the course M.Sc Horticulture ?

M.Sc Horticulture is a 2 year course.

What are the popular specializations related to M.Sc Horticulture ?

Some of the popular specializations for M.Sc. (Master of Science) are : Clinical Nutrition , Apparel Science , Plant Science , Pharmacology , Chemistry.

What is the average fee for the course M.Sc Horticulture ?

The average fee for M.Sc Horticulture is INR 10000 per year.

I want admission in M.Sc Horticulture. Do I have to clear any exams for that ?

All India Institute of Medical Sciences M.Sc. Nursing Entrance Examination , Acharya Nagarjuna University Post Graduate Common Entrance Test , National Entrance Screening Test , Jammu University Entrance Test , Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Engineering Entrance Exam are some of the exams that you can appear for to get admission in M.Sc Horticulture courses.

What are the top colleges offering M.Sc Horticulture courses ?

Following are some of the top colleges offering Science courses : Institute of Management-Christ University (Bangalore) , St. Xaviers College (Mumbai) , Mount Carmel College (Bangalore) , St. Xavier's College (Kolkata) , St Ann's College for Women (Hyderabad). You can explore these colleges on our website to check if they offer M.Sc Horticulture or not.
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Related Questions


laiba noor, Student / Alumni

-Answered on Dec-27-2023
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-Moumita -Updated on July-31-20221 Answers

Abhinav Chamoli, CollegeDekho Expert

-Answered on July-31-2022

Dear Student,

The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Delhi offers the Master of Science (M.Sc.) programme in a wide range of specializations.

The eligibility critieria for these programmes include a bachelor's / B.Sc degree in a related discipline.

Admissions to these programmes are granted on the basis of merit created on the marks scored in an entrance exam conducted by the education division of ICAR.

Please feel free to write back to us if you need information about any particular M.Sc specialization in IARI.

Thank you.


Ankita Jha, Student / Alumni

-Answered on Mar-10-2022

Dear Students,

The PG programmes offered for the students in Agriculture stream are M.Sc. in HorticultureM.Sc. in AgricultureM.Sc in Agriculture Biotechnology, Pathology, M.Sc. in Fisheries Science, M.Sc. in Forestry.