Horticulture

MSc in Horticulture

Objectives of the Program

The program will be fully involved in training and research, and, partly in extension activities of horticultural crops production and management. The ultimate goal of the program is, therefore, to increase production and productivity of horticultural crops in the region in particular and in the country in general, and thereby to improve the livelihood of the people and to improve foreign exchange earnings of the country through producing enough number and high quality horticultural specialist who can play a key role in generation, dissemination and adoption of improved technologies.

Staff Profile

 

No

Name

Academic Rank

Educational Level

Specialization

1

Getachew Alemayehu

Assistant Professor

PhD (Germany)

Agronomy/Physiology

2

Tsige Genet

Assistant Professor

PhD (South Africa)

Plant Breeding

3

Tadesse Dessalegn

Assistant Professor

PhD (South Africa)

Plant Breeding

4

Merkuz Abera

Assistant Professor

PhD (Haramaya)

Plant Pathology

5

Melkamu Alemayehu

Assistant Professor

PhD (Germany)

Horticulture

6

Kiflemariam Yehuala

Lecturer

M.Sc. (Haramaya)

Horticulture

7

Melkamu Ayalew **

Lecturer

M.Sc. (Haramaya)

Plant Pathology

8

Dereje Ayalew **

Lecturer

M.Sc. (Haramaya)

Agronomy

9

Adane Tesfaye **

Lecturer

M.Sc. (India)

Entomology

10

Elsabeth   Bizuayehu

Lecturer

M.Sc. (AAU)

Applied Biology

11

Demeke   Mewa

Lecturer

M.Sc. (AAU)

Applied Genetics

12

Agumase Belie

Lecturer

M.Sc.

Agronomy

13

* Enyew Adgo

Associate Professor

PhD (Germany)

Soil Science

14

* Yihnew

   Gebre-Sillassie

Associate Professor

PhD (Thailand)

Soil Science

15

* Berhanu Aberha

Associate Professor

PhD (Norway)

Stress Physiology

16

Adane Gebeyehu ***

Graduate Assistance

B.Sc. (BDU)

Plant Science

17

Masho

Graduate Assistance

B.Sc. (DBU)

Plant Science

   * Associate staffs at different departments of Bahir Dar University

     ** Staffs on study leave (PhD)

     *** Staffs on study leave (M.Sc.)

Graduate Profile

The graduates of this program will be qualified horticultural professionals who are well equipped with scientific knowledge and practical skills that would enable them to:

  • Identify, analyze and develop holistic solutions to problems related to horticultural crop production and protection
  • Generate, demonstrate and promote valuable technologies related to horticultural crop improvement, production and protection
  • Organize and leading the production and marketing of horticultural enterprises of different size and character
  • Consult policy makers in formulating appropriate horticultural policies
  • Consult private horticultural entrepreneurs in related to production, protection and marketing of horticultural crops, and organize and lead their own horticultural enterprises
  • Play leading role in the process of enhancing horticultural productivity and ensuring national food security
  • Take part in teaching and training activities at various levels in the field of horticulture
  • Be competent candidates in further national and international training opportunities

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be graduates of in Crop Sciences, Plant Sciences, Horticulture, General Agriculture, Biology, Ecology, and related fields with CGPA of 2.00 and above, passing qualifying examination, and meet other admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) of Bahir Dar University.

Graduation Requirements

The program of the study leading to the M.Sc. Degree in Horticulture requires 29 credit hours course and a 6 credit hour Master’s Thesis, with the total of at least 35 credit hours. The student must score a minimum of 3.00 cumulative G.P.A., with no “D” and “F” and successfully defended thesis.

Duration of the Study

The M.Sc. study program in Horticulture is a two year program. In the first year (2 semesters) of the program courses are taught, while in second year of the program mainly the research project is carried out in a specific area of specialization.

Assessment and Evaluation

The progress of graduate students is assessed regularly and informally by the respective course owners in particular and by the Department of Plant Sciences and College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in general. Informal assessment focuses on both completion of coursework and the development of professional skills in research, writing, leadership and service provision. The formal ways of assessment includes the followings:

  • For coursework: Assignments, Mid semester examination, Final semester examination, Seminars and presentations
  • For Practical courses: Laboratory/Field reports, Practical examination, Written examination
  • For Thesis/Seminars/Report presentation: Paper organization, Quality of paper presented, Way of presentation, Defending material presented

The final performance of the course will be evaluated using A (4.0), B+ (3.5), B (3.0), C+ (2.5), C (2.0), D (1) and F (0) grading system.

Degree Nomenclature

Upon successful completion of the program, the degree is labeled in English and Amharic as follows: “MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN HORTICULTURE” in English and in Amharic =========

List of Courses Required

No

Course No.

Course Title

Credit Hours

1

Hort 601

Advanced Biometry and Software Applications

3

2

Hort 603

Advanced soil and plant nutrition

2

3

Hort 605

Advanced Plant Physiology

2

4

Hort 607

Breeding and Biotechnology in horticulture

2

5

Hort 619

Horticultural Crop Pests Management

3

6

Hort 621

Propagation of horticultural crops and Nursery Management

2

7

Hort 622

Modern Vegetable Crops Production and   Management

3

8

Hort 624

Modern Fruit Crops Production and Management

3

9

Hort 626

Modern Floriculture Production and Management

3

10

Hort 731

Current Topics in Horticulture

1

11

Hort 733

Graduate Seminar in Horticulture

1

12

Hort 735

Thesis

6

 

Total

 

35(31+4)

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