The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Agronomy and Horticulture offers three online graduate certificates in horticulture. The academic certificates are designed for horticulture, landscape and turf management professionals wanting to enhance their careers with a graduate-level credential, as well as individuals interested in exploring these horticulture-related areas for potential new careers.
Successful applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree in biology or a plant-related major from an accredited 4-year college or university with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a strong academic science background and those who lack prior coursework in basic plant science/biology, chemistry, and math may be considered for provisional admission to the program. Pre-requisites will still be required to be successful in the certificate.
Once admitted, applicants will receive faculty guidance in selecting appropriate level courses to ensure their success in the program.
The non-certificate portion of the program enables students currently pursuing other graduate programs at UNL to enroll in courses that complement their programs. The overall program is made possible through a partnership with three other universities under the AG*IDEA Horticulture Initiative. Along with UNL and the University of Nebraska-Kearney, participating teaching institutions include Kansas State University, North Carolina State University and Texas Tech University. Each institution offers one or more online graduate courses in horticulture as part of the program, and students have the flexibility of choosing the certificate and courses best suited to their interests and goals. Classes follow the academic calendars at these institutions.
Certificate Program Overview
- All courses offered under the program are graduate level and are delivered online.
- Students do not need to visit the UNL campus at any time in order to complete a certificate.
- Each certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours. The certificates require completion of specified core courses and electives.
- Successful applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited 4-year college or university with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
- Prior coursework must include:
- Biology (such as HORT 100 Plants, Landscapes & the Environment or AGRI 115 Biotechnology)
- HORT 131 Plant Sciences
- HORT 215 Genetics
- Applicants with a strong academic science background and those who lack prior coursework in basic plant science, biology, chemistry or algebra may be considered for provisional admission. Pre-requisites may still be required to be successful in the certificate.
- Applicants will receive faculty guidance in selecting appropriate level courses to ensure their success in the program.
- Applicants will be allowed to enroll in only one certificate at a time.
- Coursework completed under one certificate cannot be applied to the requirements of the others, i.e., the certificates are mutually exclusive.
- Individuals interested in multiple certificates are encouraged to consider enrolling in a master's degree program.
- All graduate coursework successfully completed under a certificate potentially can be applied to a master's program at UNL or at other institutions. Students can potentially pursue both a master's program and a certificate program at the same time, with the consent of the master's program advisor. A separate application is required for each program.
- Students will be expected to earn grades of B or above in all coursework in order to remain in good standing in the program.
- Students admitted to the program will have 5 years in which to complete certificate requirements.
- Under the program, students will enroll in courses taught by the three other universities (Kansas State, North Carolina State and Texas Tech) through the special AG*IDEA enrollment system and pay the AG*IDEA common graduate tuition. For the 2018-19 academic year, the AG*IDEA common graduate tuition is $580 per credit hour, inclusive. The AG*IDEA common tuition includes all fees, exclusive of the application fee, but does not include textbooks or other materials that may be required by instructors.
- Students interested in enrolling in these courses should contact their advisors and request that written permission be sent to: Dan Cotton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 402.472.8841.
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year for starting the fall, spring or summer terms.
- For more information on tuition costs, please visit the AG*IDEA Tuition and Fees webpage.
How to Apply
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Online Application for Graduate Admission (in Part IV: Admission Objective, applicant will select "Non-Degree, Graduate Certificate Objective," then 1 of the certificates)
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One (1) set of official transcripts
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
Required by the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture through GAMES
After you submit your online application to Graduate Studies, please allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where the following items required by the Department will be submitted online:
- Letter of intent, stating applicant's background, professional goals, which certificate applicant wishes to pursue and why
- Résumé or curriculum vitae (C.V.)
- Minimum 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA
- Three letters of recommendation
- Verification of English Proficiency: 79 on Internet TOEFL; 600 on Paper TOEFL; 6.5 on IELTS
There are no set deadlines for submitting applications; they are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year for fall, spring & summer terms.