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Horticulture and Human Health M.S.

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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.

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 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.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


We love learning about your goals and answering any questions you have.

Morgan Parsley
Horticulture and Human Health M.S.
Prospective Student Support Coach
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Program Details

$634 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
Learn more about financial aid and scholarships
Estimated Additional Educational Costs
Tuition and fees are just part of the costs to attend Colorado State University online. Please view additional elements that may be factored into your cost of attendance.
Degree Awarded
Master of Science in Horticulture; transcript reflects the Horticulture and Human Health specialization
Time Frame
Can be completed in 2 years
Admission Reqs.
  • 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate coursework
  • Math Entrance Exam scores recommended for applicants who have not taken the required prerequisites within the past 10 years

Application Dates

Fall semester
July 15
Spring semester
December 1

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