The work of graduate education at HUHST began in 2011. On August 15, 2011, the State Council issued an announcement that universities which only offer undergraduate programs can launch pilot graduate programs with specialized professional focus. The authorities of HUHST regarded this as a good opportunity and made a detailed plan for application in accordance with the announcement’s requirements. The staff made concerted effort to conduct investigation, have discussions and write application materials. On September 7, 2011, Office of the Hunan Academic Degrees Committee assessed the application materials submitted by 12 universities. HUHST was ranked number one and was recommended for national assessment with other 2 universities in Hunan. On September 27, 2011 the Office of the State Council Academic Degrees Committee reviewed the application materials submitted by 83 universities nationwide. HUHST was finally approved as one of the universities to launch pilot graduate programs with specialized professional focus. In 2012 HUHST enrolled the first batch of graduate students who would study in four fields, i.e. plant protection, rural areas and regional development, informatization of agriculture, and crops.
In order to strengthen graduate education and improve management of graduate students, HUHST established the Office of Graduate Studies in 2011 which consists of the Enrollment and Management Section and the Education and Degree Section. The Office of Graduate Studies will take into account the needs of economic and social development, set reasonable objectives and make the graduate education distinctive. It will integrate the cultivation of high-quality graduate students with scientific research and social service.