The Department of Horticulture at MSU offers certificate and degree programs tailored to fit the interests and career goals of our students. Certificate Programs are three to four semester programs that provide a highly focused curriculum, and quickly prepare students for entry and advancement in green industry careers. Bachelor of Science degrees in Horticulture offer students the option to focus on a concentration in Horticultural Science or Landscape Design, Construction and Management. Graduate programs offer students the opportunity to earn MS or PhD degrees. Please contact the faculty/staff representative for each program to obtain additional information.
2-Year Institute of Agricultural Technology (Certificate Program)
Founded in 1894, the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) delivers innovative, educational programs that develop career-ready graduates through intensive, practical learning and skill enhancement. The IAT offers Certificate programs in eleven areas of expertise including multiple green industry related programs ‑ Landscape and Nursery Management, Applied Plant Science, Landscape and Lawn Management, Golf Turfgrass, and Sports and Commercial Turfgrass Management. These programs are located in East Lansing, and/or in partnership with community colleges in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Sidney, and Traverse City. The IAT seeks to prepare students for dynamic careers in a changing world. It's Certificate programs vary in length (3 to 4 semesters), are highly respected statewide and nationally. To learn more about the program, please visit the 2-year IAT website, or contact Marcus Duck, the Landscape Programs Coordinator at (517) 355-5191 x 1351.
The Bachelor of Science program in Horticulture offers students the opportunity to develop a program of study which matches their interests and career goals. The Horticultural Science concentration is an excellent program for students interested in plant production, management, marketing and biotechnology. The Landscape Design, Construction and Management concentration focuses on the plants, materials and management of landscaped spaces including residential and commercial properties and public spaces. The Sustainable and Organic Horticulture program prepares students for careers in farming, community food systems and urban agriculture. Complete information on these degree programs is available on this website. For further information, contact Undergraduate Advisor Susan Gruber.
The Graduate Program in Horticulture at Michigan State University is one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious Horticulture graduate programs in the U.S. The Department of Horticulture grants both master's and doctoral degrees. The Graduate Program involves training and experience in research, teaching, and professional communications with peers, industry, and the public. Students have access to research facilities, including laboratories, greenhouses, growth chambers, and both on- and off-campus field research stations. Graduate students also recieve expertise of ~30 faculty members in the Horticulture Department, as well as the advisory expertise of many faculty from across campus in basic plant biology, pathology, entomology, forestry, agronomy, genetics, biochemistry, marketing, food science, health and nutrition, engineering, etc. The learn more about the Graduate Program, please visit the Graduate website, or contact Lorri Busick at (517) 353-0444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Graduate program in Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology (PBGB) is an interdepartmental program at Michigan State University that grants both master's and doctoral degrees. The students research agronomic, forest and horticultural species and may choose from a broad array of educational courses. This program was established in 1981 and grants both the master's and doctoral degrees. This program is a collaboration between faculty members from the MSU Departments of Crop and Soil Sciences, Forestry, Horticulture, Plant Biology, and Plant Pathology. We offer state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, access to research greenhouses, farms, and specialized equipment on the MSU Campus. Our faculty also compete successfully for internal and external funding for research projects. To learn more, please visit the PBGB website or contact the PBGB program office at (517) 355-5191 x 1324.
Internship and Job Opportunities
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Current MSU 2-year and 4-year Horticulture students can visit our Scholarship web page for scholarship opportunities.