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Graduate Certificate in Horticultural Science


The Horticulture Science Graduate Certificate is an individually designed program in horticultural science. Each student is assigned an adviser and consults with the adviser 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.

Dr. Helen T. Kraus,
Distance Education Coordinator, Department of Horticultural Science
Phone: 919-515-1208
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
Admissions Web Page

Career prospects
(What can I do with this program of study?)

Can’t attend classes at NC State University? Join extension agents, teachers, industry professionals, and horticulture enthusiasts who are earning their Graduate Certificate in Horticultural Science through DELTA/Distance Education at NC State. This certificate programs offers a wide variety of courses designed to enhance your horticulture background.

(What will I learn?)

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. Students should consult their advisor and the University Schedule of Courses for current course listings.

Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 15

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree, with a preferable undergraduate major 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.

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

The certificate requires 15 credit hours.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Go to the Graduate School Admissions Web site to apply for admission to the graduate certificate program. Or, to register for courses as a non-degree student, click on "Apply & Enroll." Courses are offered online in Fall, Spring and Summer.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Graduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $6,112.05
Non-resident: $13,387.05

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