Graduate Certificate FAQs

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Is there financial aid available?

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 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.

How much does it cost?

The total Online Certificate in Horticultural Science cost estimate (North Carolina residents) for 2016-2017 is $6,178.20 for all 15 hours of coursework.

Visit NC State’s Graduate Distance Education Tuition Rates page for detailed information about graduate tuition and fees.

How do I register for courses?

After acceptance into the program, NC State University students may register for courses online using their Unity IDs, Unity password and PIN. For complete registration instructions, visit DELTA.

Can I take courses in other departments?

If four horticultural science courses are selected, other course(s) may be selected from: Agricultural and Resource Economics, Agricultural and Extension Education, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Crop Science, Entomology, Food Science, Plant Pathology, and Soil Science. Courses are accessed through DELTA, the distance learning division of NC State University. On-campus students may take these Online and Distance Education courses, too. On-campus courses can be accessed through the lifelong learning program.

What courses do I have to take?

The Graduate Certificate in Horticultural Science requires enrollees complete at least five courses (15 credit hours) within four years of enrollment. A program may include as many as five or as few as three courses in horticultural science. Courses selected must be approved by the student’s advisory committee. To learn more about the Certificate curriculum, visit the program page.

How do I gain admission?

Enrollment is through the Department of Horticultural Science and Graduate School at NC State University. Applications are submitted directly to the NC State Graduate School, and will be reviewed by the graduate program director and graduate committee. To learn more about the application process, visit our Apply page.

Are there prerequisites for the Certificate?

Participants must hold a bachelor’s degree to enroll in this program. Applicants should have majored in Horticulture or a closely related degree. Candidates must have an overall GPA of 2.5 (or 3.0 in plant science). Once enrolled, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all horticulture courses. To learn more about eligibility requirements, visit our program page.

How will the Graduate Certificate help me?

If you are a teacher or an extension agent, these graduate classes help you fulfill continuing education requirements. Certification may also open new employment opportunities to people already in the horticulture industry. The certificate courses can complement the expertise of practitioners and other horticulture professionals in specific areas by offering in-depth knowledge on specific types of horticultural crops or horticultural production systems. Taking these courses also demonstrates interest and proficiency in horticulture science to potential employers.

What is the Graduate Certificate in Horticultural Science program?

The Graduate Certificate Program in Horticultural Science is a distance education non-degree program offered through the Department of Horticultural Science and the Graduate School of NC State University. The program is designed to increase personal knowledge and skills and provide advanced training for employment in the horticulture industry.