Certificate in Public Horticulture

Public horticulture is an advancing career field that connects traditional horticulture with public outreach. Potential career fields might include working in public gardens, arboreta, university extension services, hospitality industry (resorts), zoos, and community gardens. Potential career practices include public garden administration, teaching, horticultural therapy, and garden design and event planning.

FOLLOW THE PUBLIC HORTICULTURE STUDENTS ON THEIR GARDEN TOURS AROUND THE COUNTRY

Auburn University Public Horticulture application process:
Application deadline for this program is December 31, 2017.
The application process is handled completely through an online portal of the Auburn University Graduate School.

CLICK HERE FOR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Please be prepared to submit through the graduate school website:

  • Letter of intent
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores for international students

*International applicants: Additional documentation will be required by the AU graduate school upon program acceptance

Interviews will be conducted in January, 2018.
Offers made in February, 2018.

Public Horticulture opportunities:
Travel – domestic and abroad
Annual AU Public Garden Tour (domestic)
Plan and participate in Henry P. Orr International Horticulture Tour
Tour countless public gardens
Gain practical work experience
Present symposium
Complete public horticulture internship
Attend APGA and/or ASHS national conferences

Program Information

Two-year, seven semesters of course work
Completion of a research thesis
Satisfies Master of Science degree requirements
Service learning projects
Monthly graduate assistant stipend is provided
A tuition waiver for up to 33 credit hours is given
Required travel is reimbursed

The tuition waiver and one-year stipend are renewable for a second year upon meeting expectations and academic standards of the Program and University. Additional student fees and any materials required by coursework are not covered by the program.

Required program courses for Certificate of Public Horticulture:

HORT 6150 Retail Garden Center Management
HORT 6240 Public Garden Management
HORT 6910 Practicum in Horticulture
HORT 7050 Nutritional Requirements of Plants
HORT 7840 Horticulture Travel
HORT 7920 Internship