Master of Science in Horticulture

Graduates from the Master's Degree in Horticulture are in high demand in the current job market. The occupational positions which can be filled by graduates of this proposed program include, but are not limited to, horticulture architects and designers, city horticulturists, research assistants and university instructors, among many others. Students can focus their study in the areas of horticulture, agro-ecology, biotechnology, breeding, crop physiology, crop production, mineral nutrition, modeling and quantitative horticulture, plant growth and development, post-harvest physiology, renegotiation/restoration, as well as sustainable water management.

Program Objectives

  • To prepare future leaders for industry, business and government agencies.
  • To prepare students for PhD programs in various Horticultural science disciplines.
  • To train students in interdisciplinary programs with emphasis on achieving career goals and objectives.
  • To graduate students who are competitive in national and international job markets.
  • To enhance students’ abilities in scientific methodology in collecting, summarizing and analyzing research data.
  • To prepare students to engage in high-level, horticultural problem solving.
  • To train students to meet job requirements, enhance skills and to pursue life-long learning.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss contemporary issues related to horticultural challenges.
  • Evaluate horticultural components, processes and the role of anthropogenic factors.
  • Evaluate available resources, issues and challenges related to horticultural in UAE.
  • Design and conduct scientific horticulture research, and use quantitative methods to analyze results.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and skills to resolve problems, creatively and independently.
  • Evaluate issues of ethical behavior in science, critically and reflectively.
  • Demonstrate strong written and oral presentation skills.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 36 hours


Required Courses (7.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HORT610Seminar in Horticulture1.000
HORT611Ecology and Agriculture3.000
STAT612Experimental Design & Analysis3.000

Elective Courses (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HORT620Plant Communities in UAE3.000
HORT622Research Perspectives in Horticulture3.000
STAT621Multivariate Systems & Modeling3.000

Specialization Courses - Selected with Academic Advisor (20.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HORT630Greenhouse & Nursery Crop Production3.000
HORT631Post Harvest Technology of Horticulture Crops3.000
HORT632Small Fruit Production2.000
HORT633Crop Management Systems for Vegetable Production 3.000
HORT634Forage Crop Ecology3.000
HORT635Systems Analysis in Agriculture and Resource Management 3.000
HORT636Physiological Principles in Environmental Horticulture 3.000
HORT638Turfgrass and Amenity Grassland Utilization and Management 3.000
HORT639Woody Plants in the Landscape: Growth, Ecology and Management 3.000
HORT640Tree Biotechnology3.000
HORT641Modeling Horticultural System3.000
HORT642Water Quality, Soil, Salinity and Reclamation 3.000
HORT643Irrigation & Drainage Systems3.000
HORT644Landscape Ecology2.000
HORT646UAE Floristics3.000
HORT647Ecology of Crop Systems3.000
HORT648Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources3.000
HORT650Reproductive Biology of Flowering Plants 3.000
HORT649Plant Propagation3.000
HORT651Concepts & Systems of Plant Protection and Pest Management 3.000



Required Course (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HORT699Thesis0.000 - 6.000