Master of Science in Horticulture


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Program Description



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.

UAEU now ranks #1 in the UAE based on the Times Higher Education Ranking! We are also #5 in the Middle East, #49th in Asia and #70 in the Young University Rankings of 2019.

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 an 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 of 36 hours


Required Courses (7 hours) Credit Hours
HORT610 Seminar in Horticulture 1
HORT611 Ecology and Agriculture 3
STAT612 Experimental Design & Analysis 3
Elective Courses (3 hours) Credit Hours
HORT620 Plant Communities in UAE 3
HORT622 Research Perspectives in Horticulture 3
STAT621 Multivariate Systems & Modeling 3
Specialization Courses - Selected with Academic Advisor (20 hours) Credit Hours
HORT630 Greenhouse & Nursery Crop Production 3
HORT631 Post-Harvest Technology of Horticulture Crops 3
HORT632 Small Fruit Production 2
HORT633 Crop Management Systems for Vegetable Production 3
HORT634 Forage Crop Ecology 3
HORT635 Systems Analysis in Agriculture and Resource Management 3
HORT636 Physiological Principles in Environmental Horticulture 3
HORT638 Turfgrass and Amenity Grassland Utilization and Management 3
HORT639 Woody Plants in the Landscape: Growth, Ecology and Management 3
HORT640 Tree Biotechnology 3
HORT641 Modeling Horticultural System 3
HORT642 Water Quality, Soil, Salinity and Reclamation 3
HORT643 Irrigation & Drainage Systems 3
HORT644 Landscape Ecology 2
HORT646 UAE Floristics 3
HORT647 Ecology of Crop Systems 3
HORT648 Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources 3
HORT650 Reproductive Biology of Flowering Plants 3
HORT649 Plant Propagation 3
HORT651 Concepts & Systems of Plant Protection and Pest Management 3


Required Course (6 hours) Credit Hours
HORT699 Thesis 6

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of higher education and scientific research;
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent in all undergraduate work.
  • A score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • This test score must be less than two years old at the time of application, with the following exceptions:

Conditional Acceptance

An applicant with a Bachelor degree recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research may be granted conditional admission into the Master’s program in one and only one of the following cases:

An applicant with an IELTS score of 5.5, or its equivalent. Such a Student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. Must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, by the end of the student’s first semester of study;
  2. May take a maximum of six (6) credits hours in the first semester, not including intensive English courses;
  3. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA less than 3.0 but equal or higher than 2.5, or its equivalent. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. May take a maximum of nine (9) credits hours in the first semester of study;
  2. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

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Last updated November 2019

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