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You can apply at any time for this degree program and you can take classes as a "non-degree" student before you are officially accepted. 


Plant yourself in the perfect vocation or advance you favorite avocation by studying horticulture fully online from your own home! 

If you are interested in greenhouse management or growing bedding plants, potted plants, perennial flowers, woody plant production or nursery and garden center management then the Associate of Science degree in Horticulture from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture is where you want to be. This fully online degree is right for working adults, career changers, returning veterans, and especially experienced gardeners who want to continue learning and growing.  

Professional greenhouse managers and landscape horticulturists who seek to stay current with their profession will find this online degree ideal. The Associate of Science degree is designed for career professionals as well as serious home gardeners wanting to improve their knowledge of horticultural practices and technologies.  Master Gardeners will find this degree particularly useful as it will complement their extensive practical knowledge and experience. 

Online Horticulture A.S. Degree Requirements

The Associate of Science degree in Sustainable Horticulture requires that students pass all courses, including 43 to 46 credits in Required Courses, and Electives that bring the total credits to 60.

Online Classes Offered 

Application Process

▪ Official college transcripts from all colleges previously attended, regardless of whether or not transfer credit is desired. UMass Amherst does not accept personal copies, unofficial transcripts, or emailed electronic transcripts. 

  • Sending in transcripts: Official college transcripts from all colleges previously attended, regardless of whether or not transfer credit is desired. Transcripts are considered official if mailed directly or sent electronically by institution’s Registrar to @email (Hard copies of transcript may be needed if electronic transcript is illegible or not from a reputable organization). Official transcripts should be mailed to UWW Admissions: University Without Walls / Division of Online Education / 350 Campus Center Way / Amherst, MA 01003-9202.  Paper or electronic transcripts sent from students are not considered official. Photocopies are not acceptable.

▪ Official high school transcript – If students have completed fewer than 24 semester credits of college coursework at the time of application, an official high school transcript is also required (unless those college credits include a suitable mathematics course). Four years of high school math are expected, although exceptions may be made. 

▪ Official SAT or ACT scores sent directly to UMass Amherst from the testing agency. If students have completed fewer than 24 semester credits of college coursework at the time of application, official SAT or ACT scores are also required, unless the student has a waiver.  Waivers are granted upon request to: students 25 years or older, students from Massachusetts with documented learning disabilities (state law); veterans; students who graduated from high school five or more years ago. The school codes are as follows: SAT 3917 and  ACT 1924

▪ ESL students – Students whose native language is not English are required to provide proof of English language proficiency, usually by submitting an SAT exam with a critical reading score of 450 or higher or an internet-based TOEFL score of 80 or higher with a writing subscore of 20 or higher.

▪ Essay – What led you to apply to the UMass Amherst AS in sustainable food and farming?  What qualifications and traits do you possess that would help you be successful? How would completing this degree program help you meet your personal and/or professional goals?

For more information, please see here: UWW Admissions

▪ If a student has a disciplinary or criminal history, s/he must also provide an explanation, as well as a Transfer Disciplinary Report from the college where the disciplinary incident occurred or CORI report. See application form for more information.

NOTE: While we welcome students from New England states, online degree programs are not eligible for reduced tuition through the New England Regional Student Program (NERSP)


  • Financial aid (both terms) – March 1 priority deadline
  • Fall semester – Early application deadline May 1, regular deadline June 1
  • Spring semester – Early application deadline October 1, regular deadline November 1
  • Summer semester - Early application deadline March 1, regular deadline March 15


  • $550 per credit (subject to change)
  • Credit registration fee (per term) $85 
  • Application fee: $60 for early deadline and $85 for regular deadline (waived for veterans and for all applicants through summer 2021)
  • Fees are the same for in-state, out-of-state and non-U.S. students.

Financial aid

If you would like to apply for financial aid, please complete a FAFSA application:

The university code is 002221. Any questions related to completing the FAFSA in relation to your UMass financial aid package can be directed to Sharon Ruth: # 413-545-3219. Email: @email or Matt Mourovic Email: @email

Please see the Financial Aid website. Alternatively, students are always welcome to meet with a counselor during office hours, call the main number 413.545.0801 or email at @email. It's best to identify yourself as an online (UWW) students to be sure to get the most accurate information.

  • Students admitted for summer will be packaged starting in early April, and continue as students are admitted/activated for summer. To receive aid in summer 2021, you must submit a 2020-2021 FAFSA and a Summer Aid Application (online around mid-March at The deadline to submit the FAFSA for summer aid is June 30, 2021.
  • Students admitted for fall will be packaged for financial aid starting mid-July. Packaging will continue through the academic year as students are admitted.
  • Students admitted for spring will be packaged starting late November. Packaging will continue as students are admitted.

*In all cases, students will not be packaged until they are admitted and have provided all required documents to Financial Aid Services. The FAFSA priority deadline is May 1. Missed the deadline? There is still aid available. Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible.

Transfer credit

Transfer credit for the composition and math requirements is routinely awarded at the time of admission, as well as credit for financial accounting, introduction to management, and introduction to marketing. However, transfer credit for coursework related to program requirements, including practicum credit, is done in consultation with the faculty advisor after admission.

Academic advisers

  • Renee Ciulla, @email or 413-687-1392
  • John Gerber, @email or 413-687-7798

How to enroll for classes

Please view instructions on how to register for online classes whether you are a non-degree or degree-seeking student.

International students welcome!

Since this program is fully online there are no visas required, and therefore no barriers for any international student to apply and take classes. Keep in mind that if a student would like to come to campus to participate in a commencement, or other type of formal meeting, they would need to do so on a visitor's visa, not a student visa. Students who have attended universities outside of the US are asked to have their official transcripts evaluated by a professional organization. Please see the following website for more information: Applications

UMass accepts students from all 50 states 

Please see here for more information about the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Military credits

UMass Amherst uses the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines and applies the same standards to credits for military education as those applied to coursework from accredited colleges and universities. The JST military transcript is available in electronic format only and may be requested via the Joint Services Transcript (JST) website.

Disability services

Please view the UMass Amherst Disability Services website and make note that it is necessary to complete an online intake form before any accommodations will be made by an online instructor. Questions can be directed to the Interim Co-Director of Disability Services, AnnMarie Duchon via email @email, by phone 413-545-0892, or at her office 233 Whitmore Building. Or Disability Services Coordinator Jackie Walton can speak with students and explain the process to get disability accommodations. Her email is @email and her phone is 413-545-0892.

Second degrees

Students can transfer up to 30 credits from a previous degree towards their 60 credit AS degree. All previous credit can be used to complete degree requirements, but it's important to keep in mind that the UMass AS degree requirements still have to be met. Therefore, there is a chance that few or no electives may transfer over.