The Online Horticulture Certificate is for anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants, and crops.

This certificate is appropriate for high school students, undergraduates, graduates, master gardeners, and naturalists!

Students thinking of pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree can transfer courses from the Certificate Program to count towards an undergraduate degree. Courses must be taken for academic credit in order to transfer them.

Degree requirement: no degree required
Semester: Spring, Fall
Program length: 3-4 university courses
Format: Online


Tailor your coursework and education based on your interests. Our program offers specializations within the certificate.

  • Horticultural science
  • Plants and people
  • Sustainable production
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Program Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 12 hours within the Department of Crop Sciences
  • Complete at least two courses at the 100, 200, or 300 level
  • Complete at least six hours at the 400 level
  • Earn a grade of C or better in 12 hours of class work

Coursework cannot be used to qualify for multiple certificates.


For estimated tuition and fees for students seeking academic credit, see Illinois Online.

The certificate in Horticulture is not eligible for tuition waivers.

The Certificate Programs are not eligible for federal VA benefit use. However, Illinois State Benefits such as the Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) or Illinois National Guard (ING) are eligible when applicable.

Certificate Completion


Upon completing your required coursework, you will need to submit a completion request for your certificate. Once we have verified that you have met the requirements, your certificate will be printed off.

Certificate completion form

Department Contact

D.K. Lee
Director of Online Programs
D.K. Lee
Register and Enroll

Get started today!

Use the form below to express your interest in pursuing a certificate. Once accepted, you will receive an email with further instructions for registration.