Coursework is primarily based on the career objectives of each student. Introductory level graduate courses in Museum Studies and Statistics are required during the first semester of the Program. Thereafter, students develop a course of study in concert with the Program Leaders, which allows the student to focus on specific public horticulture disciplines in preparation for job placement. Example disciplines could be, but are not limited to, education and programming, plant collections curation, horticultural research, fundraising and development, policy and planning, facilities management, human resources, leadership cultivation, and plant records and mapping. Individuals wishing to pursue a Ph.D. following the M.S. in Public Horticulture will be advised with that goal in mind.

Fellows are permitted to take graduate-level coursework in any of Colleges of the University, and often take coursework in the following departments:

Business Administration (BUAD)
MBA courses have been found to be valuable in developing personal and group managerial and decision-making skills, fiscal awareness, and addressing issues of international business while building successful professional relationships.

Education (EDUC)
This department offers coursework for those interested in education or honing in on their research skills.

Museum Studies (MSST)
The University offers many courses in Museum Studies, of which MSST 667 is required for all Fellows. This course offers a good overview of museum history, resources, and issues of non-profit management.

Plant and Soil Sciences (PLSC)
The Plant and Soil Sciences Department offers advanced coursework in soil physics, plant pathology, plant taxonomy and many other related fields.

Statistics (STAT)
All Fellows are required to take a statistics course in their first semester of study. This course is an introduction to statistical analysis that will help prepare one for thesis research.

Urban Affairs and Public Policy (UAPP)
Courses offered through the UAPP Department cover topics related to urban affairs, public policy, non-profit management, and public administration.

Thesis Research

All Fellows conduct thesis research over the course of two years. Each Fellow initially proposes and discusses a topic for investigation with the Program Leaders. The categories of research supported by the Longwood Graduate Program are diverse and reflective of common topics within the field of public horticulture. The Longwood Graduate Program provides funding for thesis research.

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For Theses – 2006 to Present: (