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The Master of Environmental Horticulture (MEH) degree is a coursework-based degree, focused on restoration, horticulture and environmental management. This program is an applied degree with an emphasis on real-world problem-solving, and the products that may be created in lieu of a formal thesis include management plans, designed experiments, actual installations, web utilities, vegetation assessments and others. The holder of an MEH degree may proceed on in academia if they choose. View requirements for the MEH degree on the MEH Program of Study Form and more SEFS graduate school forms.

PLEASE NOTE: MEH and MFR students do not receive funding from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences upon admission.

The Master of Environmental Horticulture (MEH) program is not accepting students for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Program Requirements

The MEH program requires three to four quarters of coursework in addition to two to three quarters of independent project work. A thesis is not required for this program, but an applied project must be completed. All requirements of the graduate school and the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences apply.

View the MEH course offerings for 2019-2020 here, and the MEH Restricted Elective Courses here.

The following courses are program requirements for the MEH degree:

  • SEFS 500 Graduate Orientation Seminar (one credit)
  • SEFS 503 Current Issues (must be taken every quarter each academic year) (one credit each)
  • SEFS 549 Urban Horticulture Seminar (must be taken each autumn each academic year) (one credit each)
  • SEFS 561 Public Presentation in Urban Horticulture (two credits)
  • ESRM 331 / SEFS 590 Landscape Plant Recognition (three credits)

In addition, at least 18 credits must be taken from the following list of courses:

  • ESRM 411 Plant Propagation (three credits)
  • ESRM 412 Native Plant Production (three credits)
  • ESRM 415 / SEFS 506 Terrestrial Invasion Ecology (five credits)
  • ESRM 462, 463, 464 Restoration Ecology Capstone (10 credits)
  • ESRM 473 Restoration of North American Ecosystems (five credits)
  • ESRM 474 / SEFS 574 Ecological Engineering (five credits)
  • ESRM 478 Plant Ecophysiology (five credits)
  • ESRM 479 Restoration Design (five credits)
  • SEFS 510 Graduate Studies in Forest Soils (three credits)
  • SEFS 523 Environmental Applications of Plants, Bioengineering and Bioremediation (three credits)
  • SEFS 530 Introduction to Restoration Ecology (five credits)

Students must select additional courses in related areas of specialization. We encourage quantitative courses and those that provide analytical skills, GIS skills, etc.

  • Electives at the 400 or 500 level (four to seven credits)

A formal public presentation and written paper are required. The student will be advised on his/her project by a committee of three people, including at least two faculty within the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. The project will be completed as SEFS 601/600.

  • Research or internship (nine credits)
  • 45 credits total

Suggested Coursework for the Master of Environmental Horticulture Degree

The following is a list of current courses and their availability by quarter.  This includes the program requirements as well as the restricted electives from the list above.  Ten credits per quarter is considered full-time for graduate students and the Master of Environmental Horticulture program is easily completed in two academic years.


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