Prospective Students

  • Are you interested in learning more about how plants help sustain and enrich our environment, our health, and our quality of life?
  • Do you have an interest in growing nutritious food, or native and exotic ornamental  plants? 
  • Protecting and beautifying the environment? Making important discoveries through research?
  • Starting and running your own horticultural business?
  • Would you like a career that you can truly enjoy while making  meaningful and positive impacts on your community that often carry into the future?  


Find out how all this and more is possible when you earn a degree in Horticulture at MSU,

the first horticulture department in North America and still "growing strong" after 150 years! 


Horticulture is the science and art of the production, marketing, and use of high-value, intensively cultivated plants. Horticultural crops are diverse; they include annual and perennial species, edible and ornamental plants. These plants help sustain and enrich our lives by providing nutritious food, enhancing the beauty of our homes and communities and reducing our carbon footprint. Our graduates have a positive and sustainable influence on our environment.

Three bachelor of science degree options are available so that you can create a program of study which matches your interests. You can choose from the Horticultural Science Concentration, the Sustainable and Organic Horticulture Concentration or the Landscape Design, Construction, and Management Program of Study. View the degree requirements for these programs.  For detailed information on the application process for degree or certificate programs in Horticulture, please read "Pathways to Admission".

Academic Minors let you choose electives which refine your talents and can increase employment opportunities in your chosen field.

Certificate programs administered by the Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT or Ag Tech) offer students condensed and focused Horticulture programs that can be completed in two years or less, and prepare students for a wide variety of careers. Programs are available in Landscape and Nursery Management, Landscape and Lawn Management, and Applied Plant Science (Fruit, Vegetable, & Organic Horticulture and Landscape Horticulture).

Graduates with a degree or certificate from the MSU Horticulture Department enter a broad range of challenging and rewarding professional careers in production, management, marketing, education, and research. Graduates frequently become entrepreneurs or obtain employment in horticultural business enterprises such as fruit or vegetable production, landscape design/build and maintenance companies, nurseries, greenhouses, garden centers and public gardens. Learn more about careers in horticulture or view current job and internship postings.

Joining the Horticulture department at MSU means more than making a start toward a wonderful career - it means becoming a member of a friendly department with great facilities for teaching and learning, wonderful faculty, and  dynamic student clubs. It also means becoming a Spartan and enjoying all the unique places and activities that MSU has to offer.

Would you like to make contact with an advisor in the Horticulture Department who can answer questions, meet you for a personal tour or put you in touch with people across campus who can help with your special needs?   We are here to help! Contact Susan Gruber, undergraduate advisor, for more information.

Ready to take the next step to become a Spartan?  Admission, application, financial aid and visitor information can be found here:

Michigan State University Office of Admissions