The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture has students pursuing the online Master's of Science in Horticulture degree, Option II (project). A capstone feature of this master's program is a professional project. The student, advisor, and supervisory committee jointly establish this plan of study. See an example of a Horticulture Memorandum of Courses (MOC) for the Option II project track.
An Option I (thesis track) is not available or recommended for a Master's of Science 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.
Horticulture is the study of vegetables, fruits and ornamental crops. It includes the study of plant conservation, landscape restoration, landscape and garden design, viticulture (grape growing) and arboriculture (forestry & trees). In contrast to agriculture, horticulture does not include large-scale crop production or animal husbandry.
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 wider latitude for selecting areas of study and courses. The capstone feature of this master's program also includes a professional 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 features more practical application.
Students who are looking for an online horticulture 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 currently have a fully-online Bachelor's of Science (B.S.) degree, but it does offer numerous undergraduate online courses.