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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Sign up for plant breeding summer modules

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There is still time to register for the summer "Plant Breeding for Non-Plant Breeders" module starting June 10. This is a great opportunity for agricultural industry employees to learn basic concepts of plant breeding.

Meeting the global demands for food, fuel and fiber will depend on the development of new crop genetics and varieties. These new varieties will need to have unique genes that allow higher yields, can be grown in ever-changing environments (such as drought), and withstand stress from insects, pathogens and weeds.

Taught by Dr. Keenan Amundsen and McKinzie Sutter through the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, this summer class runs for 10 weeks. Follow this link to register:

Horticulture graduate certificate program announces revised course rotation

Graduate Student hoeing in Greenhouse.

An updated course rotation has been announced for three online horticulture graduate certificates offered through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the AG*IDEA (Interactive Distance Education Alliance) consortium. The revisions will improve class selections, increase flexibility and make class choices more robust for certificate students.

The three jointly administered horticulture graduate certificates are:
    1. Advanced Horticulture
    2. Floriculture and Nursery Production Management
    3. Ornamentals, Landscape and Turf

Horticulture faculty members met last month via video conferencing to discuss a three-year class rotation. Since the certificates started in 2014, several faculty members have retired, changed duties or left for new positions. As a result, there were classes that were either no longer offered or needed to be redesigned with new instructors.

“Curriculum is dynamic just like course content. With the growth in the program and new directions to pursue, it was time for North Carolina State, Kansas State, Texas Tech and UNL to recast each program,” said Ellen Paparozzi, professor of agronomy and horticulture at Nebraska. 

All three horticulture certificates are available online and are for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant biology, agriculture or a related field. The academic certificates are designed to provide current knowledge for horticulture, landscape and turf management professionals who want to enhance their careers with graduate-level credentials. It takes 12 credits to earn a certificate. 

Individuals considering a full master’s degree program may be also able to use these graduate classes toward their degree. Permission from their faculty advisor and their university is required.

The universities involved in the AG*IDEA consortium for the horticulture certificates are University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kansas State University, North Carolina State University, and Texas Tech University. The updated certificate courses may be viewed on the Agronomy and Horticulture online program’s webpage at Follow the links to the Advanced Horticulture; Floriculture and Nursery Production Management; and Ornamentals, Landscape & Turf certificates respectively.