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FAQ - Graduate Certificate in Horticultural Science

What is this program?

The Graduate Certificate Program in Horticultural Science is a distance education non-degree program offered through the Department of Horticultural Science and the Graduate School of North Carolina State University. The program is designed to increase personal knowledge and skills and provide advanced training for employment in the horticulture industry.


How will the certificate help me?

If you are a teacher or an extension agent, these graduate classes help you fulfill continuing education requirements. Certification may also open new employment opportunities to people already in the horticultural industry. The certificate courses can complement the expertise of practitioners and other horticultural professionals in specific areas by offering in-depth knowledge on specific types of horticultural crops or horticultural production systems. Taking these courses also demonstrates interest and proficiency to potential employers.


Are there prerequisites for the certificate?

Participants must hold a bachelor’s degree to enroll in this program. Applicants should have majored in Horticulture or a closely related degree. Candidates must have an overall GPA of 2.5, (or 3.0 in plant science). Once enrolled, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all horticulture courses.


How do I gain admission?

Enrollment is through the Department of Horticultural Science and Graduate School at NCSU. Apply directly to the NCSU Graduate School. Applications will be reviewed by the graduate program director and graduate committee.


What courses do I have to take?

The Graduate Certificate in Horticultural Science requires enrollees complete, within four years of enrollment, at least five courses (15 credit hours) chosen from a web-based list. A program may include as many as five or as few as three courses in horticultural science. Courses selected must be approved by the student’s advisory committee.


Can I take courses in other departments?

If three or four horticultural science courses are selected, other course(s) may be selected from: Agricultural and Resource Economics,Agricultural and Extension EducationBiological and Agricultural EngineeringCrop ScienceEntomologyFood SciencePlant Pathology, and Soil Science. Courses are accessed through DELTA, the distance learning division of NCSU. On-campus students may take these Distance Education courses, too. On-campus courses can be accessed through the lifelong learning program.


How do I register?

After acceptance into the program, NCSU students may register for courses online using their Unity IDs, Unity password and PIN. For complete registration instructions, visit DELTA.


What does it cost?

The standard tuition charge per academic credit hour for in-state and out-of-state students, as applicable. See DELTA for current tuition fees.


Visit the Graduate Certificate in Horticultural Science distance education website to learn more about tuition, deadlines, and other important information.