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Online Undergraduate Certificate in General Horticulture

Step 1: Apply for Admission to NC State as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) Student

Note: If you are a degree- or non-degree-seeking student who has been continuously enrolled, you may register for available online courses through MyPack portal. Only students admitted to NC State can take classes at the University. Anyone interested in taking courses without enrolling in a degree program at NC State must first apply as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student. Admission to NDS does not imply admission to an NC State degree program. NDS students are classified as non-degree-seeking. Grades earned as an NDS student will go toward the student’s NC State University grade point average or may be transferred to another institution based on that institution’s transfer policy.

The Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) classification is assigned to those NDS students who have earned a bachelor’s degree. Enrolling as a PBS student is an excellent way to explore different fields of study to fulfill your personal and career goals.

As an NDS student, you may register for a maximum course load of eight (8) hours per semester on a space-available basis. Some courses carry prerequisites or are limited to degree-seeking students, so review the course schedule to determine your eligibility. NDS students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at all times.

To register as a new Non-Degree Studies student:

  • Begin by checking your eligibility for Non-Degree Studies (NDS) status. To be eligible to apply for NDS, prospective students must:
    • … be eligible to return to any previous institution(s) attended.
    • … have a high school diploma or GED less than one year and wishes to take courses during Summer Sessions

    For more details on NDS enrollment eligibility, please see the NDS Enrollment Rule.

    • If you meet the criteria for enrolling as an NDS student, and…
      • you have never attended NC State as a degree-seeking student,
      • OR…you graduated with a degree from NC State and wish to enroll as a NDS student,
      • OR…you previously attended NC State as an NDS student, but have not enrolled in courses for a year or longer, you should complete the online application. All applications require a non-refundable $25 Application Fee.

    Note: NDS applications are good for a full year. For example, if you apply for Summer I, you do not need to submit a separate application for Summer II, Fall, or Spring.

    INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: All prospective students in a non-immigrant status must complete the Online and Distance Education Clearance Form for International Applicants. This form should be completed and returned to the Online and Distance Education office with the appropriate documentation via fax, e-mail (as a PDF or JPEG attachment), regular mail, or in person before each semester.

    If new NDS applications are not currently being accepted, you must wait to apply until after the start-of-term lock-out ends. You will not be able to take a class until next term.

    The Registration & Records website provides additional information and answers to questions about Non-Degree Studies at NC State University.

    Apply to the NDS Program

    Step 2: Apply to the Department of Horticultural Science

    Please download the Horticulture Science Undergraduate Certificate Application and mail the required items and completed form to the Undergraduate Certificate Program Coordinator.

    Step 3: Pay Tuition

    NDS students are required to prepay their tuition before they can register for classes. To pay your tuition:

    Calculate your tuition and fees. Tuition for online classes (also called distance education, or DE) is calculated by the number of credit hours taken. To view current rates for tuition and fees, visit NC State’s Graduate Online and Distance Education Tuition Rates page.

    Pay your tuition and fees online via ePay, or choose one of our other payment options.

    For additional information and answers to questions about tuition and fees, visit the Cashier’s Office website.

    Step 4: Register for Your Class

    To register for classes you will need an NC State student ID number and/or NC State Unity (computer system) ID and password. These will be e-mailed to you once your NDS application has been processed and accepted.

    NDS students can register for classes only after the open enrollment period begins. View upcoming open enrollment dates.

    Using your NC State Unity ID and password, log-in to the MyPack portal, and select the class(es) for which you wish to register.

Online Graduate Horticultural Science Courses

Step 1: Apply for Admission to NC State University as a Post-Baccalaureate Student

Note: If you are a degree- or non-degree-seeking student who has been continuously enrolled, you may register for available online courses through MyPack portal. Only students admitted to NC State can take classes at the University. Anyone interested in taking courses without enrolling in a degree program at NC State must first apply as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student. Admission to NDS does not imply admission to an NC State degree program. NDS students are classified as non-degree-seeking. Grades earned as an NDS student will go toward the student’s NC State University grade point average or may be transferred to another institution based on that institution’s transfer policy.

The Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) classification is assigned to those NDS students who have earned a bachelor’s degree. Enrolling as a PBS student is an excellent way to explore different fields of study to fulfill your personal and career goals.

As an NDS student, you may register for a maximum course load of eight (8) hours per semester on a space-available basis. Some courses carry prerequisites or are limited to degree-seeking students, so review the course schedule to determine your eligibility. NDS students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at all times.

To register as a new Non-Degree Studies student:

  1. Begin by checking your eligibility for Non-Degree Studies (NDS) status. To be eligible to apply for NDS, prospective students must:… be eligible to return to any previous institution(s) attended…. have a high school diploma or GED less than one year and wishes to take courses during Summer Sessions

For more details on NDS enrollment eligibility, please see the NDS Enrollment Rule.

  1. If you meet the criteria for enrolling as an NDS student, and…you have never attended NC State as a degree-seeking student, OR…you graduated with a degree from NC State and wish to enroll as a NDS student, OR…you previously attended NC State as an NDS student, but have not enrolled in courses for a year or longer,
    you should complete the online application. All applications require a non-refundable $25 Application Fee.

Note: NDS applications are good for a full year. For example, if you apply for Summer I, you do not need to submit a separate application for Summer II, Fall, or Spring.

If new NDS applications are not currently being accepted, you must wait to apply until after the start-of-term lock-out ends. You will not be able to take a class until next term.

The Registration & Records website provides additional information and answers to questions about Non-Degree Studies at NC State University.

Apply to the NDS Program

Step 2: Pay Tuition

NDS students are required to prepay their tuition before they can register for classes. To pay your tuition:

For additional information and answers to questions about tuition and fees, visit the Cashier’s Office website.

Step 3: Register for Your Class

To register for classes you will need an NC State student ID number and/or NC State Unity (computer system) ID and password. These will be e-mailed to you once your NDS application has been processed and accepted.

  • NDS students can register for classes only after the open enrollment period begins. View upcoming open enrollment dates.
  • Using your NC State Unity ID and password, log-in to the MyPack portal, and select the class(es) for which you wish to register.

Online Master of Horticultural Science

Step 1: Determine whether there are graduate faculty working in your area of interest

Because the Master of Horticultural Science is tailored to students’ specific interests, applicants should review the list of graduate faculty members before applying to ensure that their area of interest is represented.

Step 2: Ensure you meet the required qualifications for application

Applicants should ensure they meet all requirements before submitting their application. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, GRE scores, and references are needed to apply. To view a complete list of eligibility requirements, visit the MHS Program page. The Graduate School has its own criteria for admission in addition to the specific admissions requirements for the MHS Program. To understand more about the Graduate School admission requirements, visit the Graduate School Support Center. There you will find information regarding frequently asked questions along with Self Service features, Live Chat, and technical support.

Step 3: Check Graduate School requirements and deadlines

Applications and all supporting documents must be received on or before the deadlines posted in the left sidebar. For more information on enrollment dates, visit the enrollment calendar.

International applicants typically have earlier deadlines to allow time to process necessary visa documentation. Applicants applying for financial aid also usually have earlier deadlines. View the most up-to-date Graduate School deadlines.

Step 4: Prepare your application materials

All applications must include the following:

  • Application fee ($75 for domestic and US permanent residents; $85 for international applicants)
  • One unofficial transcript from each previously attended college or university
  • Three recommendations
  • Proof of English Proficiency (non-US citizen applicants only)
  • Personal Statement

All of the above listed requirements can and should be uploaded to the online application (see Step 7), and test scores should be sent electronically to the Graduate School from the Educational Testing Service.

Step 5: Inquire about financial aid

Financial aid eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office. We encourage you to contact your financial aid advisor in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. A limited amount of grant funding is also available to students enrolled in Online and Distance Education degrees. Criteria for funding is based on academic merit, demonstrated financial need, and enrollment in multiple Online and Distance Education courses per semester. For additional information, please visit NC State’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website, or call (919) 515-2421. NC State also offers a monthly payment plan.

Step 6: Inquire on assistantships and financial assistance with the Horticultural Science Department

Due to the limited number of assistantships available from the Department of Horticultural Science, if you require financial assistance, please contact Director of Graduate Programs, Chris Gunter, before submitting your application. If you are interested, applicants should apply by January 31st for Fall enrollment of the same year, and by September 30th for Spring (January) enrollment.

Step 7: Apply to the online Master of Horticultural Science degree program

Use our online application to apply to the Master of Horticultural Science Program. You may check the status of your application at any time. Students will receive a letter of approval upon program acceptance.
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Online Certificate in Horticultural Science

Step 1: Determine whether there are graduate faculty working in your area of interest

Because the Certificate in Horticultural Science is tailored to students’ specific interests, applicants should review the list of graduate faculty members before applying to ensure that their area of interest is represented.

Step 2: Ensure you meet the required qualifications for application

Participants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to enroll in this program. Applicants should have majored in horticulture, crop science, plant science, or agricultural education with a concentration in plant science, or another closely related degree. The Graduate School has its own criteria for admission in addition to the specific admissions requirements for the Certificate Program. To understand more about the Graduate School admission requirements, visit the Graduate School Support Center. There you will find information regarding frequently asked questions along with Self Service features, Live Chat, and technical support.

Step 3: Check Graduate School requirements and deadlines

Applications and all supporting documents must be received on or before the deadlines posted in the left sidebar. For more information on enrollment dates, visit the enrollment calendar.

International applicants typically have earlier deadlines to allow time to process necessary visa documentation. Applicants applying for financial aid also usually have earlier deadlines. To view the most up-to-date Graduate School deadlines, visit the Horticultural Science program profile on the Graduate School website.

Step 4: Prepare your application materials

All applications must include the following:

  • Application fee ($25)
  • One unofficial transcript from each previously attended college or university
  • Three recommendations (optional)
  • Proof of English Proficiency (non-US citizen applicants only)
  • Personal Statement

All of the above listed requirements can and should be uploaded to the online application (see Step 6).

Step 5: Inquire about financial aid

Financial aid eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office. We encourage you to contact your financial aid advisor in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Criteria for funding is based on academic merit, demonstrated financial need, and enrollment in multiple DE courses per semester. For additional information, please visit NC State’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website or call (919) 515-2421.

Step 6: Apply to Horticultural Science Online Certificate Program

Use our online application to apply to Horticultural Science Online Certificate Program. You may check the status of your application at any time. Students will receive a letter of approval upon program acceptance.
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