The Masters of Horticultural Science (MHS) is a professional degree program offered to students who prefer to take courses on-campus (OC) or on-line through Distance Education (MHS-DE). The MHS degree provides general training primarily in the area of horticultural crop production and management; landscapes, gardens and urban horticulture; and community food systems and agroecology (see Horticultural Science Research Areas for specific programs).
The MHS degree substitutes additional coursework and a project in lieu of the research and thesis required by the MS degree program. The MHS students work with a graduate committee of three faculty to develop their plan of work, which includes both their coursework and a required project. This degree is ideal for individuals who do not plan on pursuing a PhD. MHS students are not eligible for a graduate assistantship.
If a student wants to complete their degree through the MHS-DE degree option, they must specify this on their application. Although the availability of online graduate courses is currently not as extensive as those on-campus, there is sufficient diversity and flexibility among on-line courses such that a student can obtain a solid background in horticulture science. Graduate courses are also offered on-line through partnerships with other universities.
To be admitted to the MHS program, you must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and meet most of the eligibility requirements.