Advanced Horticulture, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Advanced Horticulture

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 12
  • $590.00
  • $590.00

Program Overview

The online Advanced Horticulture, Graduate Certificate program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore the field of horticulture beyond entry-level.

Students choose this program to:

  • Experience the breadth and diversity of the field through maximum flexibility in course selection.
  • Gain knowledge through courses in tree, floral and fruit production, as well as interior plants and business management.
  • Enhance or expand their career options in the field of horticulture through graduate-level coursework.

Students who complete this certificate may also wish to pursue a plant-related master's degree such as a Masters of Science or a Masters of Applied Science in Agronomy or Horticulture.

This program is offered as part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA) and provides you with diverse perspectives on the field. You enroll in courses at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln even though courses may be taught by other Great Plains IDEA member institutions. The certificate comes from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Students who complete this certificate may also wish to pursue a plant-related Master of Science degree or a Master of Applied Science.

Career Outlook: Work in the horticulture field ranges from grounds maintenance staff who require no formal education to scientists who need a minimum Ph.D. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), grounds maintenance workers held 1,309,300 jobs in 2016. The BLS reported from 2016-2024, there would be an 11% increase in employment for grounds maintenance workers. The projected amount of job openings during this period is 146,300. The BLS projects that businesses in green-industry occupations and careers that protect the planet will increase.

Additional career paths may include:

  • Olericulturist (vegetable grower, seller and marketer)
  • Urban farmer
  • Plant ecologist
  • Plant researcher or technologist
  • Arborist, forester
  • Florist or floral designer
  • Food scientist
  • Industry support
  • Inspection of plants
  • Landscape construction and management
  • Landscape design
  • Communications blogger, writer, photographer
  • Pest management
  • Farm or co-op organizational management

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree in biology or plant-related major.

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Completed coursework

    Successfully completed at least a semester of coursework in biology, plant sciences, genetics, algebra and chemistry.

  4. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

    In 1-2 pages, describe 1) your professional goals and career aspirations and specifically what you plan to do with your certificate, 2) background experiences, events and/or education that have influenced your professional goals and 3) how enrolling in this certificate program will assist you in meeting your professional goals.

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

    These must be from professionals who are familiar with your work ethic or scholastic ability. Personal references from friends, relatives, etc. are not acceptable.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  3. Submit transcripts to Office of Graduate Studies through mail

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HORT 843MSeed Science4
Seed morphology, anatomy and chemistry. Germination, emergence and dormancy processes in seed, as well as various quality aspects including vigor, longevity and deterioration. Discussion of genetically engineered seeds and other current topics.
HORT 896Introduction to Permaculture3
Permaculture means "permanent culture," and ..."is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of a natural ecosystem." [Bill Mollison] This course will explore a design/thinking methodology that seeks to provide our essential physical needs, food, water, shelter, energy, etc., while doing so in an environmentally friendly, sustainable manner.
HORT 842BPlant Physiology3
Life processes of plants, with an emphasis on water relations and hormonal and stress physiology. Includes fundamental concepts underlying the science of crop physiology, including crop phenology, canopy development and light interception, photosynthesis and respiration, and dry matter partitioning. The course is taught by faculty from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and will be offered in the fall semester of even-numbered calendar years. To enroll, students must be accepted into the horticulture graduate certificate program or get permission.
HORT 843AAdvanced Greenhouse Crop Production4
Introduction to the concepts of greenhouse construction, operation and management for a variety of horticultural crops, with an emphasis on ornamental crops. Greenhouse construction, heating, cooling, growing media, pest management, nutrition, fertility, growth regulation, irrigation, post‐harvest handling, and marketing of greenhouse crops.
HORT 844AEnvironmental Nursery Production Practices3
Cultural nursery crop production practices will be presented with consideration of current recommended Best Management Practices, conservation of resources, scientific research-based investigations related to nursery cultural practices, potential risks to nursery personnel and off-site movement of airborne materials and effluents to surrounding areas and public watersheds.
HORT 896Fruit and Nut Trees3
Description to come.
HORT 896Plant/Water Relations3
Presents fundamental concepts underlying the science of crop physiology, including crop phenology, canopy development and light interception, photosynthesis and respiration and dry-matter partitioning.
HORT 844EGeneral Viticulture3
This broad-based course covers aspects of grapes from vine anatomy to final products. This course includes cultivars, propagation, canopy management, diseases, weed control, physiology, anatomy, irrigation, wine production, climates and soils.
HORT 843KArboriculture3
This course focuses on the physiological principles and industry practices in the production, moving, care, and maintenance of ornamental trees, shrubs and ground covers. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the career tools to install and maintain woody plants. This goal will be accomplished through the review of the pertinent literature and through class exercises designed to improve students’ skills and knowledge of woody plant physiology, care and maintenance.
HORT 888Business Management of Agriculture Enterprises3
Students will research a specific agricultural enterprise then develop and present a business plan using materials from the primary area of interest. This course requires the completion of a shadowing assignment and the analyses of case studies.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterMay 15
  • Spring SemesterOct 01
  • Summer SessionFeb 15