Agronomy and Horticulture Online Master's Degree and Academic Certificate Program


Welcome to the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture online program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! This homepage describes the online Master's Degree in Agronomy or Horticulture as well as online graduate certificates. These distance education programs will help you move your agricultural career forward without ever having to leave your home or community.

"If you want to go far, go together," Professor Steve Baenziger quoting an African proverb in this video above.  View his comments on why you should come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and join the collegial atmosphere in the Agronomy and Horticulture online program.

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Plant Breeding for Non-Plant Breeders Module Begins June 4

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Wheat Varieties in a Greenhouse.

Are you interested in Plant Breeding & Genetics but never had time to pursue it? Do your co-workers talk about plant breeding and expect you to know what they mean?  Does the conversation at planning meetings or at the water cooler center on the next greatest variety and you are lost in the terminology?

If these sentences describe you, then a non-credit online class called “Plant Breeding for Non-Plant Breeders” may be just the course for you. Taught by Dr. Keenan Amundsen through the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, this summer module will run from June 4-Aug. 10.

Learners in the module will learn about the history and milestones in plant breeding, plant biology, evaluating plant performance and stress tolerance, genes and germplasms, breeding strategies, marker-assisted breeding, as well as cultivar and germplasm management and release.  Learners should have taken undergraduate science courses, including introductory plant science and genetics. 

The module will be delivered online over a 10-week time frame with no in-person attendance required. Learners simply work at their own pace. Course content is through Campus eXtension Online.  After registration, participants will receive a password to enter the system. 

Computer system requirements include an updated browser and email, common plug-ins such as Adobe Reader, virus protection, flash player and speakers.  There is no textbook and module content is a mixture of online lessons, course notes, presentations and videos.

For more information and to register, visit For additional questions, contact Kathy Schindler,, 402-472-1730.

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