Admissions Overview

The Longwood Graduate Program welcomes applications from prospective students interested in the field of public horticulture. The Program encourages applications from students with diverse professional, cultural, and social backgrounds. Admissions criteria are established by the Office of Graduate and Professional Education and the Longwood Graduate Program.

Detailed information regarding the application procedure, including information concerning international applicants, transcripts, recommendations, GRE/GMAT test scores, resumes, and essay submissions, can be found on the Office of Graduate and Professional Education Web site.


The deadline for program application each year is November 15.


Potential applicants generally possess the following characteristics, but the Program welcomes the opportunity to review applicants who do not exactly match these features. The general criteria for admission include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the field of public horticulture
  • A four-year baccalaureate degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university in horticulture, plant science, biology, or a supporting discipline
  • Excellent academic performance
  • Relevant professional experience and development


Step-by-Step Guide to Admissions

  • 1. To apply to the Longwood Graduate Program please choose M.S. Public Horticulture
  • 2. Apply online by the November 15 deadline via the Office of Graduate and Professional Education.
  • 3. Applications are reviewed and a maximum of 10 candidates are selected in early January. These candidates are invited to attend an Interview Period in early February.
  • 4. The Interview Period occurs over three-days at both Longwood Gardens and the University of Delaware.
  • 5. Successful candidates are selected for admission immediately following the Interview Period.
  • 6. The Program begins on July 1 and new Fellows will be notified in advance of any preparations and requirements prior to arrival.


Application Status

For information regarding the status of your application, please contact by email or phone (302) 831-2517.


Tuition and Financial Aid

All Longwood Graduate Fellows are exempt from tuition payments and receive a one-year stipend that is renewable for a second year upon meeting the expectations and academic standards of the Program and University. Additional student fees and any materials required by coursework are not covered by the Program.