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Ornamental, Landscape & Turf, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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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 NebraskaLincoln even though courses may be taught by other Great Plains IDEA member institutions. The certificate comes from the University of NebraskaLincoln.

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

Additional Certificates:

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
  • Groundskeepers
  • Gardeners
  • 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

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    A bachelor’s degree in biology or a plant-related major.

  2. 3.00 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. Minimum score of 79 on Internet-based TOEFL, 600 on paper-based TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS required for admission.

  5. 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. Submit a resume and/or curriculum vitae.

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:

  •  Submit an official application for admission to the UNL Office of Graduate Studies. Along with the application, including one set of official transcripts from each college or university you attended, 3 letters or recommendation and your resume or vitae.  
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee. 

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
May 15
Spring Semester
October 1
Summer Semester
February 15

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HORT 824Plant Nutrition & Nutrient Management3

Course Number: HORT 824

Macro- and micronutrient elements and their function in the growth and development of plants; the role of single elements; interaction/balances between elements and nutrient deficiency/ toxicity symptoms as they affect the physiology of the whole plant; and the relationship between crop nutrition and production/environmental considerations (e.g. yield, drought, temperature, pests). (Cross-listed as AGRO 824)

HORT 842APlant Pathology3

Course Number: HORT 842A

Survey of the principles and practice of plant pathology. The main and genetic elements in plant disease will be covered. Many of the major diseases, as well as their causes and effects, will be surveyed. Course is taught by faculty from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and will be offered in the spring semester of even-numbered calendar years. To enroll, students must be accepted into the horticulture graduate certificate program or get permission.

HORT 842BPlant Physiology3

Course Number: HORT 842B

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 843KArboriculture3

Course Number: HORT 843K

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 896Plant/Water Relations3

Course Number: HORT 896

Presents fundamental concepts underlying the science of crop physiology, including crop phenology, canopy development and light interception, photosynthesis and respiration and dry-matter partitioning.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ENTO 803Management of Horticultural Crop Insects3

Course Number: ENTO 803

Prereq: Introductory course in biology. Credit toward the degree cannot be earned in both ENTO 303 and ENTO 403/803. Biology, ecology and management of insect pests of horticultural crops such as vegetables, fruit trees, trees and shrubs, greenhouse crops, turf and ornamentals. Employs IPM strategies to maintain pests below damaging levels while minimizing the use of traditional insecticides.

ENTO 812Entomology and Pest Management3

Course Number: ENTO 812

Prereq: Introductory course in entomology. Principles and practices of managing insect pests. Pest management theory, use of sampling, evaluation, tactics, types of insect pests, and current issues.

HORT 814Turf Disease Management1

Course Number: HORT 814

Course focuses on diseases of grasses maintained as turf, emphasizing diseases that occur in the northern Great Plains of the U.S. In addition to strategies used in managing the diseases, the biology of the causal organisms and the influence of environmental conditions are examined.

HORT 817Plant Pathology Principles and Application3

Course Number: HORT 817

Introduction to the biology of plant pathogenic organisms, pathogen-plant interactions, environmental influences, cultural, resistance and chemical strategies for plant disease management.

HORT 843MWeed Science4

Course Number: HORT 843M

In this course we will study weeds and weed control methods in agronomic and horticultural crops and turf grass with an emphasis on chemical weed control. The course is divided into lecture and laboratory sections. The lecture portion will count three-fifths (3/5) of your total grade and the laboratory will count two-fifths (2/5). In lecture, we will discuss the history of weed control, weed characteristics, weed competition, and methods of weed control including mechanical, cultural, biological, and chemical. Herbicides will be discussed by family with specific regard to their chemical structure, efficacy, mode and mechanism of action, crop selectivity, soil activity and persistence, and cost. In lab, we will examine the practical aspects of weed control including weed seed and plant identification, sprayer equipment, sprayer calibration, herbicide formulations, herbicide labels, crop/weed response to herbicides and injury symptomology, and Worker Protection Standards.

HORT 844BEnvironmental Stress Physiology1

Course Number: HORT 844B

Physiology of plant responses to environmental stresses, with emphasis on current research in selected physiological, molecular, and biochemical mechanisms for tolerance to environmental stresses such as temperature extremes, drought, salt, pathogens and other plants.

HORT 880Modified Rootzones1

Course Number: HORT 880

Comprehensive, in-depth study of modified rootzones and their applications in the turfgrass and landscape management industries, including applications in current construction techniques. The course focuses on "created" soils for specialized situations, such as golf greens, sports fields, container plants and green roofs.

HORT 888Business Management of Agriculture Enterprises3

Course Number: HORT 888

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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00

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