Most of the landscaping education programs in Ohio are at the associate's level and train landscaping and groundskeeping managers and workers. Currently, four schools in Ohio offer landscaping education degree programs. One of those schools has undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture programs available. The others may offer education in golf course management, horticulture or landscape design. Many of the programs feature practical requirements so that students can gain hands-on landscaping knowledge.
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Located in Cincinnati, this college offers three landscaping education degree programs that lead to an Associate of Applied Business. The school also has a landscape design certificate program that can be completed in three semesters. Students can consider pursuing a dual program plan as well. The programs include fieldwork and cooperative work experiences that usually take place over summer sessions and give students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience.
The landscape horticulture program focuses on designing landscapes and managing various aspects of landscaping operations, including caring for trees, plants, and flowers. The turfgrass management program is designed to train lawn care specialists who work on golf courses and in private and commercial lawn care management. Lastly, this school offers a sustainable horticulture program that focuses on the ecological aspects of landscaping, such as ways to reduce energy consumption through new techniques and how to care for green roofs and walls.
Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute
With a campus located in Wooster, this school features its own 18-hole golf course so students can get hands-on experience. The professional golf management program awards a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University. Students can complete their first year of coursework at the Wooster campus, but the final three years must be completed at the Columbus campus. This is the only program of its kind in the state and is designed for aspiring Professional Golfers' Association members. Completion of this program prepares students for a wide variety of positions in the field of professional golf, including general management. Along with turfgrass science courses, the hands-on program curriculum includes topics in hospitality management, business, and finance.
Students can also pursue an associate's degree in turfgrass management, landscape horticulture or horticultural science. The landscape horticulture program is approved by the Professional Landcare Network and covers the management, design, and construction aspects of the landscape industry. Students get to complete an internship and also have access to gardens, an arboretum, and landscape laboratory at the campus. The horticultural science program can count towards half of the requirements for the bachelor's program in sustainable plant systems offered at the main campus. Students in the turfgrass management program learn the basic sciences behind turfgrass along with business and management skills useful for this line of work. This program also includes a 14-week internship at the school's golf course.
Students can also pursue a bachelor's degree in sustainable plant systems, which has four concentration options. Two concentration options may be useful to aspiring landscapers: the turfgrass science option is intended for those who plan on working with grass-related landscapes, while the landscape and design management specialization prepares students to manage landscaping projects. The professional golf management program includes up to 20 months of internship work, and students can expect to take courses in turfgrass management, cost management, and golf operations.
Ohio State University
Located in Columbus, Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture offers the only accredited bachelor's and master's landscape architecture programs in the state. Both programs have limited enrollment, and students must apply for consideration. The 4-year bachelor's program includes studio courses that give students practical design experience in landscape architecture.
The Master of Landscape Architecture program is designed for students with no past training in landscape architecture and is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The program generally takes a minimum of three years to complete. The school also offers a Master of Landscape Architecture program for students who already have a landscape architecture degree from an accredited school program. Students can complete this program in two years and are required to complete and defend a thesis.
Owens Community College
Owens Community College's Toledo campus offers two natural sciences technologies programs that include landscaping education. Both programs lead to an Associate of Applied Science degree. The 66-credit landscaping and turfgrass management program can help students become familiar with a wide variety of landscaping plants and horticultural practices. In the 69-credit golf course/athletic field management program, students learn about specific soil types and insect control and can gain an understanding of golf course design and installation processes.
Students interested in becoming landscape architects need to obtain at least a bachelor's degree in the field. Those who don't work for the federal government must be licensed, and landscape architects need to pass the required exam, possess a degree from an approved institution and have the necessary work experience (typically between one and four years).
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Landscaping Degree Program Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Cincinnati State Technical and Community College||2-year; public; large city|| Landscape Design Certificate,
Associate of Applied Business in Landscape Horticulture,
Associate of Applied Business in Turfgrass Management,
Associate of Applied Business in Sustainable Horticulture
|$4,126 in-state; $8,026 out-of-state*|
|The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute||2-year; public; distant town|| Associate of Applied Science in Landscape Horticulture,
Associate of Science in Horticultural Science,
Associate of Applied Science in Turfgrass Management,
Bachelor of Science Professional Golf Management 1+3
|$7,707 in-state; $26,811 out-of-state*|
|Ohio State University||4-year; public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture,
Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Plant Systems,
Bachelor of Science in Professional Golf Management,
Master of Landscape Architecture
|$10,726 in-state; $30,742 out-of-state*|
|Owens Community College||2-year; public; large suburb|| Associate of Applied Science in Landscape and Turfgrass Management,
Associate of Applied Science in Golf Course/Athletic Field Management
|$5,150 in-state; $9,062 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.