Landscape Management

The Landscape Management program at community college partners helps students apply practical knowledge and training to the selection, use and management of landscape plants and lawns. Students will learn about plant growth and development along with plant identification, preparing them for careers in the green industry.

The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through field laboratories and an internship.

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Areas of study include:

  • Soil science
  • Landscape maintenance 
  • Irrigation systems
  • Landscape plants
  • Weed management

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Career Opportunities

Following graduation, students receive an MSU IAT certificate and associate degree from the related community college preparing them for the job market. If interested, students can also transfer into Michigan State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in horticulture or another related degree.

Graduates find careers in a variety of landscaping and horticulture-focused industries based on their interests.

Some career paths include:

  • Landscape design, construction and maintenance
  • Irrigation systems
  • Retail equipment and supply centers
  • Greenhouse and field nursery operations
  • Professional lawn services
  • Retail garden centers

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


The Landscape Management certificate program is based at several partner community colleges:

Program overview:

  • 48 total credits to complete the program.
  • Classes taught online and in-person
  • Professional internship in agricultural technology

Learn more about the MSU requirements and courses in Landscape Management certificate program.


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.

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