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Master's Degrees | Horticultural Science

Horticultural Science

Entrance Exam: Not Required
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The Master of Horticultural Science Distance Education is a non-thesis degree designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of horticultural science and practices. This degree encompasses a broad range of topics including fruits, vegetables, nursery and floriculture crops and cross-commodity areas such as plant breeding, weed science, urban horticulture, sustainable agriculture, postharvest physiology and landscape design.


To be admitted to the Master of Horticultural Science program, you must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements.

Plan of Study

The Master of Horticultural Science Degree requires 36 credit hours of approved courses. Please visit the department web site for current curriculum information.

Career Prospects

Graduates possess deep knowledge in the sub-fields of their choice, including soil science, plant biology, crop science, entomology, plant pathology, statistics, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering and agricultural education. Whether you want to open and operate a greenhouse or run a plant breeding laboratory, the Master of Horticultural Science offers the opportunity to grow your expertise in the area most applicable to your horticulture career path.

Horticultural science continues to grow as an industry. Those interested in the greenhouse, crop science and other aspects of the agricultural side of the industry know that both sustainability issues and the need for sufficient crops to feed a growing world population drive the need for plant, soil and crop experts. Likewise, demands for green space and aesthetically pleasing design have impacted the need for urban planning, landscaping and arbor experts. Advance your career as a horticulture professional with The Master of Horticultural Science from NC State.