Many colleges and universities across the U.S. have departments of horticulture or plant science that offer education, research and practical application in the field. These specialized departments present a range of academic options, including nursery and arboriculture certificates, landscape and agricultural undergraduate programs and graduate studies in soil and environmental sciences.
These schools offer horticulture programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|University of California - Davis||Davis, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,951 in-state, $38,659 out-of-state|
|Cornell University||Ithaca, NY||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$49,116|
|University of Florida||Gainesville, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$6,381 in-state, $28,659 out-of-state|
|University of Massachusetts - Amherst||Amherst, MA||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's||$14,171 in-state, $30,504 out-of-state|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||Madison, WI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,415 in-state, $29,665 out-of-state|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$13,790 in-state, $22,210 out-of-state|
|University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign||Champaign, IL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$15,054 in-state, $30,214 out-of-state|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||4-year, Public||Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,560 in-state, $36,360 out-of-state|
|Rutgers University||New Brunswick, NJ||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$14,131 in-state, $29,521 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students should consider the following when deciding between different horticulture programs:
- Prior to enrolling in a program, students are encouraged to outline a career path to ensure the degree level meets academic requirements for a chosen profession.
- Students may look for programs that offer different areas of specialization, such as botanical and biotechnical research, landscaping and urban planning or farming and agricultural studies.
- Schools that provide access to many horticultural facilities, like greenhouses, plant nurseries, orchards or small farms, allow students to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge within the field.
- Practical hands-on experience, such as fieldwork, departmental projects and internship opportunities, offers complementary instruction to traditional classroom teaching.
These programs usually take 1-2 semesters to complete and may allow for career advancement or provide supplemental training for a current profession. Certificates are often offered through community colleges or vocational schools.
Associate of Science
Associate degree programs focus on hands-on, practical experience in areas such as landscape design, plant management and restorative practices.
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor's degree programs provide a strong background in horticulture and other natural sciences, such as botany, chemistry or biology.
Master of Science
Graduate programs usually take 2-3 years of study and research to complete and require students to focus on a specific horticultural specialty. Depending on the field of study, students might participate in teaching assistantships, research projects or internship programs through affiliated organizations.
Horticulture programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels. Students should consider programs that offer hands-on experience in addition to classroom learning, and they should look into the different areas of specialization that programs offer.