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Janel Koons
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Dr. Cynthia Domenghini
Program Director
Kansas State University
Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources


Admission Requirements for the Horticultural Therapy Graduate Certificate Program 

To qualify for admission into the horticultural therapy graduate certificate program, students must have completed:

  • 3.0 minimum GPA on last two years of bachelor's program
  • Two years of professional work experience
  • Admission to the K-State Graduate School
  • College course work in horticulture (3 courses) and health and human services (2 courses)
    • Recommended Horticulture Courses
      • Introduction to Horticultural Science
      • Plant Propagation
      • Pest and Disease Management
      • Organic Gardening, Home Horticulture
      • Plant Materials (Herbaceous, Interior)
      • Indoor Gardening
      • Greenhouse Management
    • Recommended Health and Human Services Courses
      • Introduction to Psychology
      • Abnormal Psychology
      • Life Span Human Development
      • Counseling Theories
      • Introduction to Social Work
      • Gerontology
      • Pharmacology

Students not meeting these requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis at the discretion of the director of the Horticultural Therapy program if the student has demonstrated adequate preparation in this or an equivalent field and has successfully completed projects of equivalent difficulty.

Students accepted on a provisional basis are advised of deficiencies and of other conditions to be met to achieve full standing. Students will be expected to remove all deficiencies specified at the time of admission by the time they have completed 9 hours of course work at Kansas State University.

Application Deadlines

You must be admitted for the fall semester by Aug. 1, spring semester by Jan. 1 and summer semester by May 1. This means that all transcripts, application fees and any other requirements must be completed and received by these dates.

Please note: It takes at least four to six weeks for an application to be processed once all application materials have been received by the university.

How to Apply

Complete the online application form through the K-State Graduate School application process.

Items required with the application:

  • Resume. Upload your resume as part of the application process.
  • Personal Statement of Goals. This should indicate why you are interested in graduate study at K-State and the field of horticultural therapy. This statement allows faculty to determine your expectations of the program and review a sample of your writing skills. Upload the personal statement of goals as part of the application process.
  • Transcripts. Students whose transcripts are not in English must furnish an English translation by an appropriate authority. Upload all transcripts as part of the application process.
  • Three letters of recommendation from former/current professors, employers or other professional in a position to evaluate your potential for graduate study. Upload each letter of of recommendation as part of the application process.

International Students

In addition to the required materials listed above, you must also submit the following:

Official TOEFL Score. Applicants speaking a native language other than English must score at least 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (IBT-internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to be considered for the program. The Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey offers the TOEFL several times each year throughout the world. Applications for TOEFL examinations can be obtained in the applicant's country from the U.S. Information Service Office, the U.S. Consulate Offices, and the U.S. Embassy, or by writing to the Princeton TOEFL Educational Testing Service at Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 USA. Request that the Educational Testing Service send official copies of the TOEFL scores directly to the Director of Horticultural Therapy Graduate Studies, Kansas State University.

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Degree: Graduate Certificate
College: Agriculture
Credits: 12
Course delivery: Online

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