Ornamental, Landscape & Turf, Graduate Certificate
Graduate Certificate in Ornamental, Landscape and Turf
Why Pursue This Program
The online Ornamental, Landscape and Turf, Graduate Certificate offers a selection of courses that focus on turf, ornamental and landscape aspects of horticulture. Courses are designed to provide students with basic knowledge interwoven with situation-oriented disease, weed and insect classes to help the practitioner advance his/her management knowledge.
Students choose this program to:
- Gain knowledge through graduate-level courses in ornamental, landscape and turf aspects of horticulture.
- Experience the breadth and diversity of the horticulture field through flexible course selection.
- Enhance or expand their career options in the field of horticulture.
This certificate is designed for students who work in the following areas:
- Golf course superintendents
- City parks and recreation employees
- Landscape maintenance practitioners
- Nursery/landscape-oriented garden center owners and professionals
- Lawn & Garden professionals
- Horticulturists & turf specialists employed in extension programs
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 Masters of Applied Science.
The University of Nebraska-Lincolns Department of Agronomy and Horticulture offers three graduate certificates in horticulture:
- Advanced Horticulture
- Ornamental Landscape and Turf Management
- Floriculture and Nursery Production Management
The department is able to offer these three certificates as a member of the AG*IDEA Consortium.
Career Outlook: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), grounds maintenance workers held 1,300,300 jobs. 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 was 146,300.
Additional career paths may include:
- Turf and Landscape professionals/Lawncare specialists
- Sports Turf managers
- Interiorscape specialists
- Landscape Designers
- Landscape Construction and Management owners & employees
- Vegetable growers & producers
- Plant propagators and technicians
- Public Garden practitioners
- Forest and conservation workers
- Logging workers
- Natural lands managers
- Urban planners
What's it like to take a program online?
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.