Online Graduate Certificate Program in Horticulture

The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is pleased to announce a new online graduate certificate program in horticulture and related course offerings for students taking classes for academic credit.  The certificate program is 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. Three graduate-level certificates are offered through the program: 

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Questions? Please contact...

Kathy Schindler
Dept. of Agronomy & Horticulture
402.472.1730

 

About

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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. More information about the certificates may be found on the AG*IDEA website.

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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.  Two of the certificates require completion of specified core courses in addition to 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
    • Plant Sciences
    • Genetics
    • Algebra
    • Chemistry
    •  Applicants should have a strong science background and those who lack prior coursework in basic plant science/biology and/or algebra will be considered for provisional admission to the program.   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 their 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 2014-15 academic year, the AG*IDEA common graduate tuition is $515 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 may enroll in UNL- and UNK-taught courses through MyRed and pay regular UNL tuition and fees, or they may enroll through the special AG*IDEA enrollment system and pay the AG*IDEA common graduate tuition, whichever is financially more advantageous to them. Students interested in enrolling in these courses should contact their advisors and request that written permission be e-mailed to: Diane Wasser, 402.472.6251.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
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Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees for the Horticulture Certificate Program are determined by which institution teaches a course.  For courses taught by the three other universities (Kansas State, North Carolina State and Texas Tech), students enroll through the special AG*IDEA enrollment system and pay the AG*IDEA common graduate tuition.  For the 2014-15 academic year (Fall 2014, Spring and Summer 2015), the AG*IDEA common graduate tuition is $515 per credit hour, inclusive.  The AG*IDEA common tuition includes all fees, other than the application fee, but does not include textbooks and other materials that may be required by instructors.  The AG*IDEA common tuition is subject to change annually.

For UNL- and UNK-taught courses, students may enroll through the special AG*IDEA enrollment system and pay the AG*IDEA common tuition, or they may enroll through MyRed and pay regular UNL tuition and fees, whichever is more financially advantageous to them.  Please note that students enrolled in a combination of on-campus and online courses pay different tuition than students enrolled in online courses only.

Please refer to the tables, below, for details concerning tuition and fees for the 2013-14 academic year.

AG*IDEA Common Graduate Tuition for 2014-15 academic year
  Tuition Distance
Ed. Fee
Registration
Fee
Technology
Fee
Library
Fee
Total
Per Credit Hr. $515.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $515.00
3 Credit Hr. $1,545.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,545.00

UNL Tuition:  Students Enrolled in CASNR Online/Distance Education Graduate Courses Only for Fall 2014
Nebraska Resident
  Tuition Distance Ed Fee Technology Fee Library Fee Total
Per Credit Hr. $325.50 $25.00 $7.35 $4.00 $361.85
3 Credit Hr. $976.50 $75.00 $22.05 $12.00 $1,085.55
Non-Resident
  Tuition Distance Ed Fee Technology Fee Library Fee Total
Per Credit Hr. $609 $25.00 $7.35 $4.00 $645.35
3 Credit Hr. $1827 $75.00 $22.05 $12.00 $1,936.05
Note:  Students will be charged a $20 registration fee per semester.

UNL Tuition: 
Students Enrolled in a Combination of CASNR On-Campus and Distance Education Graduate Courses for Fall 2014
Nebraska Resident
  Tuition Distance Ed Fee* Technology Fee Library Fee Total
Per Credit Hr. $321.75 $25.00 $7.35 $4.00 $358.10
3 Credit Hr. $965.25 $75.00 $22.05 $12.00 $1,074.30
Non-Resident
Per Credit Hr. $815.50 $25.00 $7.35 $4.00 $851.85
3 Credit Hr. $2,4456.5 $75.00 $22.05 $12.00 $2,555.55
Note: Students will be charged a $20 registration fee per semester and University Program and Facilities fees based on their total hours of enrollment each semester.  *The Distance Education Fee applies only to the online courses in which the student is enrolled.
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Admission Requirements

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.  Applicants should have a strong science background and those who lack prior coursework in basic plant science/biology and/or math will be considered for provisional admission to the program.   Applicants will receive faculty guidance in selecting appropriate level courses to ensure their success in the program. 

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How to Apply

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

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.)
  • 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.