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Certificate in Horticulture

Certificate in Horticulture

The Online Horticulture Certificate is for high school students, undergraduates, graduates, master gardeners, naturalists, and anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants, and crops.

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.


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

  • Plants and people
  • Sustainable production
  • Horticultural science

How to Get Started

Complete this form to initiate the process of working towards a certificate in horticulture. After submitting the form, a member of the Online Programs Team will contact you with more information.

Certificate Form

Certificate 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.

How to Register for an Online Course

Horticulture Certificate students wanting to earn academic credit register through Illinois Online.

Students not wanting to take classes for academic credit register through Illinois Online. Non-academic credit students are graded and must earn a grade of C or better in each course. Classes will count towards the Certificate, but do not earn academic credit and will not appear on a transcript.


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

Students not taking classes for academic credit are assessed $500 per course and are not issued a transcript.

Obtaining your Certificate

Upon successful completion of certificate requirements, please click on the link in the e-mail you were sent when you first applied to request your Certificate. Once completed and submitted, we will confirm all requirements are met and send your Certificate in the mail. If you can't find your acceptance email, please contact Dianne Carson.

Questions About Our Online Program?

Contact Us

Dr. A. Lane Rayburn

Dr. A. Lane Rayburn

Online Programs Coordinator
Urbana, IL 61801


Dr. A. Lane Rayburn

Dianne Carson

Graduate Program Assistant Coordinator
Urbana, IL 61801