School of Earth & Sustainability 2 year Landscape Contracting  associate degree program

Do you love to work outside? Do want to know how plants grow, how to install a porous unit paver patio, how to design a garden, how to sustainably manage landscapes? Then the UMass Landscape Contracting program is for you!

The 2-year Landscape Contracting program is for high school seniors who want to work with your hands in a growing profession. This is a highly applied Associate of Science (AS) degree program.  Our students regularly win awards for their design-build projects and start profitable landscape contracting businesses after graduation. Many students transition into four-year degrees here at UMass or at other schools.

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School of Earth & Sustainability Landscape Contracting program work outside, hands-on experience

What You'll Learn

Students learn about landscape design, horticulture, and landscape construction/business.  Our program centers around the approach of learning by doing. The following are just some of the skills you develop:

  • Plant identification
  • Identify pest and disease problems
  • Design an outdoor living space
  • Site assessment
  • Develop estimates
  • Execution and installation of site plans
  • Sustainability principles
  • Management


Whether you wish to own your own business or step into a vibrant landscape company, this degree positions you to be successful. Career options include:
  • Own your own landscaping company
  • Landscape design firm
  • Garden center
  • Small or large-scale nursery

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