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Horticulture and Human Health

2
Years to Earn Your Masters
95%
CSU Online Grad Students have Plans Related to their Career
93%
Grad Students would choose CSU Online Again
$447M
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Degree Overview Open Accordion

Learn to support human health through horticultural science and innovation

Horticulture plays an important role in supporting the health and wellbeing of all people. Learn to develop plant-based solutions to improve human health. Explore the complex dynamics between plant cultivation, agricultural science, nutrition, and human health as you learn to create solutions to complex problems.

Gain the skills you need to make an impact

After successfully completing this master’s program, you will:

  • Expand your knowledge of both horticulture and human health, specifically in the areas of plant biology, food and medicinal crop production, human nutrition, and the development and treatment of chronic disease.
  • Understand how to construct systems-level intervention plans that state and test hypotheses about plants and human health to achieve meaningful technical objectives.
  • Construct systems-level health plans that include growing plants for food and medicine.
  • Develop and apply effective communication skills for both scientific and non-scientific audiences.

Study In A Flexible, Online Format

earn your master’s degree from a respected, regionally accredited public research university in Colorado without traveling to a campus. Balance your academic studies with your career and personal obligations.

Although this program is entirely online, you will still interact closely with both instructors and peers. You will also have access to many of the same resources and services as CSU’s resident students.

Explore Careers Open Accordion

Graduates of this program may seek employment in the following fields:

  • Horticultural and greenhouse operations
  • Crop production research and development
  • Horticultural business management
  • Plant pathology
  • Nutraceutical product development
  • Public health policy
  • Public health education
  • Healthcare and nutrition
  • Food science research
  • Personal health coaching
Faculty Open Accordion
Henry Thompson

Henry Thompson, a professor in the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department within CSU's College of Agricultural Sciences, focuses his research on human nutrition and breast cancer prevention.


Adam Heuberger

Adam Heuberger is a professor in the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department within CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. His research focuses on chemical diversity in plants.


Davina Rhodes

Davina Rhodes is a professor in the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department within CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Her research focuses on plant nutritional genomics.

Requirements and Curriculum Open Accordion

A minimum of 35 credits are required to complete this program.

First Year – Fall

First Year - Spring

Second Year - Fall

Second Year - Spring

Program Total Credits: 35-40

Electives

Select at least two courses and a minimum of 5 credits:

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester July 15
Spring semester December 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

This master’s degree requires applicants to have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate coursework
  • GRE not required

Note that meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. Admission to Colorado State University graduate programs is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience and the personal statement.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Three letters of recommendation
    Three professional recommendations are required. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.

  • Resume or vita
    Your resume should contain the following:
    • Record of all education and training, including names of institutions, periods of attendance, and degree earned
    • Record of all professional employment including dates of service (including military)
    • List of any special skills or competencies (including certifications and licensures)
    • List of publications, exhibitions, prizes, awards, or other recognition
    • List of service activities (including community and charitable)
  • Statement of purpose
    The statement of purpose is typically 1-2 pages and briefly describes:
    • Your background
    • Your educational goals and leadership potential
    • Your research interests and experience
    • Why you are a good fit in the program
    • Motivation for pursuing graduate work in horticulture and human health

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Horticulture / Horticulture and Human Health (M.S.) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study.?

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from all institutions attended. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or gradadmissions@colostate.edu if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and promptly notify you of their decision.

Information for International Students

Official transcript translation

Ensure official copies include a certified translation into English (only one set of transcripts is required).

Official test scores

Colorado State University requires that proficiency in English language be demonstrated either by the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic tests prior to admission. Please submit one of the official scores from the list below. Tests must be taken within two years prior to admission and submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075).

  • The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).
  • The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5.
  • The minimum PTE Academic score for admission without condition is 58.

In general, all applicants from countries in which English is not the official language, and who do not have an undergraduate degree from a country in which the official language is English (Canada, U.K., Australia, USA, New Zealand, etc.), must submit one of the official test scores from the list above.

Questions?

We love learning about your goals and answering any questions to help you on your journey.

Nicole Schmidt
Horticulture and Human Health
Student Success Coach
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Program Details

Courses
Credits
35
Tuition
$624 per credit
Degree Awarded
Master of Science in Horticulture; transcript reflects the Horticulture and Human Health specialization
Time Frame
Can be completed in 2 years

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
July 15
Spring semester
December 1

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