Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture

At a Glance

Level | Graduate/Master's
Credits | 30
Degree Requirements | Prerequisites and Courses
Schedule | Primarily daytime
Admission | March 15 for fall; October 15 for spring

What Is Horticulture Exactly?

Horticulture is the art and science of growing and maintaining ornamental plants and/or fruits, vegetables, and nuts to eat and use in and around our homes. Horticulture, though a part of agriculture, does not include agronomic crop production or other agricultural products for animal consumption.

A Degree for Every Experience Level

Our Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Horticulture program can provide you with the technical and professional skills to grow and produce plants in the most efficient and environmentally responsible ways, design and maintain gardens and landscapes, and manage a horticulture business.

You’ll gain a solid foundation of the most up-to-date horticultural knowledge to increase your capacity to advance in the industry, help you begin a new career, start your own business, or pursue a personal interest.

The MPS is an applied professional degree, focused on coursework and learning that you can apply directly to growing and managing plants. An applied (rather than research-based) degree, the MPS will prepare you to get your hands dirty, literally—whether that’s in a greenhouse, public garden, nursery, orchard, athletic field, classroom, or your own backyard.

Attainable and Applicable 

MPS in Horticulture students, through electives and required coursework, have the added advantage of taking classes in related specialties, like plant pathology, soil science, entomology, urban forestry, conservation, and natural resource management.

In addition, you don’t need to have an undergraduate degree in horticulture to enroll in this program or to succeed in horticulture. Many of our students come from other professions and have worked outside of the industry. It is common for students to keep their regular jobs while taking classes part-time.

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