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The Florticulture and Nursery Production Management graduate certificate is a 12 credit hour program designed for nursery, greenhouse and garden center professionals; extension agents involved in horticulture-related programs; and K-12 science teachers. The program offers a selection of courses focusing on floral and nursery crop production, including business management. Core courses provide a solid science background, enabling the student to gain a greater understanding of how ornamental and floral plants grow. This basic knowledge is then interwoven with practical cultural and production methods.

Distance Education Opportunities

This certificate is completed online.

Floriculture and Nursery Production Management

  • This graduate certificate is offered by the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.
  • On the Web
    Department Website
  • Department Graduate Chair
    Dr. Mark Lagrimini
  • Certificate Advisor
    Dr. Ellen Paparozzi
  • Graduate Secretary
    Marlene Busse

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by the Department for this Certificate

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited 4-year college
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (undergraduate and/or graduate)
  • Letter of intent
  • Resume or vita
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Verification of English proficiency (if applicant's native language is not English)

Application Deadline

Rolling admission, contact department for more information


The Floriculture and Nursery Production Management graduate certificate is a 12 credit hour program. To earn the Certificate, students must complete the requisite coursework with grades of B or higher in all classes.

Core Courses: Minimum of 5 credit hours required. Select 1 course from each of the 2 groups below:

Core Group 1

HORT 824: Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Management
HORT 842B: Plant Physiology

Core Group 2

HORT 842E: Floral Crops Production
HORT 843A: Greenhouse Crop Production
HORT 844A: Environmental Nursery Production Practices

Elective Courses: Minimum of 7 credit hours required.

HORT 843B: Seed Science
HORT: 843E: Advanced Interiorscaping
HORT 844B: Environmental Stress Physiology
HORT 888: Business Management of Agricultural Enterprises

Select only 1 course from the following:

ENTO 803: Management of Horticultural Insects
ENTO 812: Entomology and Pest Management
ENTO 813: Biological Control of Pests
ENTO 820: Insect Toxicology

Select only 1 course from the following:

AGRO 896: Pesticide Resistance Management
ENTO 896: Plant Resistance to Abiotic and Biotic Stressors
HORT 842A: Plant Pathology

More Course Information

The Graduate Bulletin provides course descriptions, prerequisites, degree program requirements, and more.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors when this course is offered.

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