Landscape and Nursery Management

The Landscape and Nursery Management program at MSU combines classroom instruction in the production, selection, use and management of landscape plants with applied learning experiences through hands-on field laboratories and a required internship.

This program offers students interested in working with plants, people, and in the outdoors, specialized training to pursue a career in the multi-billion dollar horticultural industries.

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Areas of study include:

  • Plant identification
  • Greenhouse/nursery production and management (ornamental plants)
  • Soil sciences
  • Pest management (entomology, plant pathology)
  • Landscape design, installation and management
  • Irrigation design, installation and management

Students can also get involved in a variety of clubs and organizations including the MSU Student Horticulture Association and the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NALP).

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Career Opportunities

Following graduation, students earn a certificate preparing them for the job market. If interested, students can also transfer into Michigan State University to earn a related bachelor's degree in horticulture or another related degree.

Graduates find careers in a variety of horticultural industries based on their interests. The landscape and nursery industry provides opportunities throughout Michigan, across the United States and abroad. Additional information about what landscape professionals do can be found at landscape industry careers.

Some career paths include:

  • Landscape design
  • Construction and management
  • Nursery and greenhouse management
  • Garden center management/sales
  • Irrigation design, installation and management
  • Public gardens and arboreta
  • Urban tree care

The MSU Department of Horticulture lists job opportunities that may be of interest to Landscape and Nursey Management IAT students.


The Landscape and Nursery Management certificate program is based in East Lansing on the campus of Michigan State University.

Program requirements:

  • 48 credits
  • 3-4 semesters of classroom instruction
  • 1 semester off-campus internship (primarily during the summer from May to August)

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Class sizes are small and students receive individualized instruction in addition to access to Big Ten facilities and experiences.

Some learning facilities include:

  • MSU Clarence E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum and Horticulture Teaching & Research Center
  • MSU landscape design lab
  • MSU teaching greenhouse complex


IAT coordinators help students find and secure organizations to mentor them as part of their required certificate program internship. Not only does this provide immediate on-the-job experience, but internships also help with networking and industry connections.

Some internship locations include:

  • Everett’s Landscape Management
  • Great Lakes Landscape Supply
  • Guardian Tree Experts
  • Henry Mast Greenhouse
  • Landscape Design Services
  • Old Mission Associates

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