Master of Horticultural Science 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. A limited amount of grant funding is also available to students enrolled in Distance Education degrees. 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 Master of Horticultural Science cost estimate (North Carolina residents) for 2016-2017 is $14,827.68 for all 36 hours of coursework. Please note that this estimate is based on Distance Education rates; if you choose to pursue a blended program combining on-campus and distance courses, you may be subject to different rates. Visit NC State’s Tuition and Fees page for detailed information about graduate tuition and fees.

Students pursuing this degree may be eligible for teaching assistantship funding.

Can I take courses in other departments?

Students are allowed, even encouraged, to take courses from departments other than Horticultural Science. Horticulture is one area of a broad range of interconnected fields including soil science, plant biology, crop science, entomology, plant pathology, statistics, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, and agricultural education.

What courses do I have to take?

Coursework for this program will be selected by the student and his or her advisory committee. A minimum of 18 credit hours must be at the 500-700 level. Standard on-campus courses will likely be a part of your coursework plan. For more information on the MHS curriculum, please visit our program page.

Are there prerequisites required for admission into the program?

Participants must hold a Bachelor of Science to enroll in this program. Background courses, especially in chemistry, biology, and horticulture, may be required. Minimum GRE scores (and TOEFL scores, for international students) may also be required. For more information on eligibility, please visit our program page.

What is the Master of Horticultural Science degree program?

The Master of Horticultural Science degree is a non-thesis program offered through the Department of Horticultural Science and the Graduate School of NC State University. The MHS is a professional degree that is considered to be terminal. Coursework is blended, meaning that students will learn both via online and on-campus environments. This degree is meant to provide students with an in-depth understanding of horticultural science and practices, and encompasses a broad range of topics including: fruits, vegetables, nursery and floriculture crops, plant breeding, weed science, urban horticulture, sustainable agriculture, postharvest physiology and landscape design.

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.

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.

I am enrolled in/have completed the Certificate in Horticultural Science. Can I transfer the credits I earned in that program toward a Master of Horticultural Science degree?

To transfer credits from the Certificate program to the Master’s degree, the following conditions must be met:

  • The course number must be at the 500 level or higher
  • The course must be letter graded
  • The student must have earned a B or better in the course