The Horticulture Science Graduate Certificate is an individually designed program in horticultural science. To earn your graduate certificate, you need to complete 15 credit hours. No thesis or dissertation is required. Courses are taught via the web and at two-way video-conferencing sites around the state, so you won’t need time off from work or face long commutes to campus. Each student is assigned an advisor and consults with the advisor to design his or her program. Because of the diversity of subject matter and learner interest, students may concentrate in such areas as general horticulture, food horticulture, and ornamental horticulture, and may also include a limited number of courses from other academic areas within agriculture.
Participants must hold a bachelor’s degree to enroll in this program. Online Horticulture Certificate applicants should have majored in horticulture, crop science, plant science, or agricultural education with a concentration in plant science, or another closely related degree.
Students may begin taking courses for the certificate in Summer, Fall, or Spring. All certificate coursework must be completed within four years of enrollment.
This 15-credit graduate program includes five three-credit graduate courses. At 2019-20 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $462 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,311 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $6,930 for North Carolina residents and $19,665 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.
Plan of Study
Five courses (15 credit hours) are required. The student and his/her advisor will select the courses that will constitute the student's certificate requirements.
At least three courses in the certificate must be from the Department of Horticultural Science. The remaining two courses may also be in Horticultural Science, or from one of the following areas: Agricultural and Resource Economics, Agricultural and Extension Education, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Crop Science, Entomology, Food Science, Plant Pathology, and Soil Science. Note that not all courses are offered each semester.
Up to twelve (12) credit hours of courses taken while the student is classified as a Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) student may be used in the certificate program if approved by the student’s advisor.