About This Degree

The MPSH program is no longer offered. If you are interested in an MS degree with a water conservation emphasis, please contact Susan Buffler for more information.

The Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture (MPSH) is an online, professional graduate degree program with a required internship or capstone project. The program consists of 33 semester credits, with 21 credits of required courses and 4 credits of internship experience or capstone project. The courses are designed to increase skills and expertise in all aspects of landscape water conservation.

With an estimated 60% of drinking water in the western U.S. applied to urban landscapes, water conservation in the landscape is an important issue. Utah State University is the only university with a professional Master’s degree that focuses on urban landscape water conservation. Using landscape water efficiently is a multi-faceted issue involving an understanding of plant science, irrigation technologies, human behaviors, and landscape design, all set within the political and economic contexts of communities challenged to meet the water demands of growing populations. The purpose of this degree is to provide horticulturists with knowledge and skills needed to effectively promote landscape water conservation. As water becomes more precious, the demand for these skills will continue to increase.

Because USU’s MPSH program with a specialization in water-efficient landscaping is designated as a Western Regional Graduate Program, students from participating western states qualify for in-state tuition. For more information, visit http://wrgp.wiche.edu.

Specialization (students must choose a specialization)

  • Water-Efficient Landscaping - Learn about all of the factors at play in creating water-efficient landscapes, such as biology, design, politics, economics, natural resources, engineering, and more.

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The primary goal of the MPSH program is to create highly qualified water conservation specialists for various organizations. Graduates can also pursue a variety of careers, including:

  • Water conservation specialists with water districts, cities, counties or federal agencies
  • Directors or Managers of water conservation gardens
  • Cooperative Extension specialists
  • Water-efficient irrigation designers
  • Specialists in water-efficient landscape design, maintenance, or construction
  • Private sector consultants

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