Horticulture Programs

Red and Green tomatoes on vine.

The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture does have a small number of students pursuing the online Master's of Science in Horticulture degree although the online class selections are fewer than for the Master's of Science degree in agronomy. The student, advisor, and supervisory committee jointly establish this curriculum. A capstone feature of this master's program is a professional or practical degree project (Option II).  See an example of a Horticulture Memorandum of Courses (MOC) with the Option II project track.

It is not recommended that students try to earn an online Master's of Science Option I thesis track degree in Horticulture.

The department also offers three Horticulture graduate certificates and partners with the AG*IDEA consortium to offer graduate horticulture classes. Please also visit our Horticulture certificates webpage for details about earning a graduate certificate for 12 credit hours. The three certificates are: Advanced Horticulture, Floriculture and Nursery Production Management, and Ornamentals Landscape and Turf. These certificates are often used to increase knowledge, improve credentials, and as catalyst for people to start a master’s degree program.

Students who are interested in studying horticulture at the graduate level at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln may also consider a Master's of Applied Science through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR)
Since this is a college-wide degree program, there is wide latitude in the selection of areas of study. An individual curriculum is designed for each student with the goal of best fitting the student's educational objective(s). The student, advisor, and supervisory committee jointly establish this curriculum. A capstone feature of this master's program is also a degree project.

Both the Master's of Science degree in Horticulture and the M.A.S. in Horticulture are considered practitioner and terminal degrees.  The Master's of Science in Horticulture is more focused on science while the Master's of Applied Science will be more applied and have a wider class selection.

Students who are looking for an online bachelor's degree should consider the Bachelor's of Applied Science. This B.A.S. has ranked among the best from US News and World Report.  The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture does not have a fully-online Bachelor's of Science (B.S.) degree, but it does offer numerous undergraduate online courses.