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Philosophy of the Program

The philosophy of the Master of Science in Horticulture program is to equip individuals with knowledge and research skills necessary in identifying and solving horticultural and related problems. It will produce highly trained managers, researchers and scholars with knowledge, skills and the drive to bring changes in the agricultural, research and educational sectors.

 

Why the Master of Science in Horticulture?

Agriculture is a pillar of vision 2030 that aims at transforming Kenya into a middle-level industrialized economy. Thus the horticulture subsector, which is a key foreign exchange earner and a major source of food and nutrition requires specialized knowledge and skills to remain competitive locally, regionally, and globally.

Kenya is a signatory of important regional and global trade agreements, convections, and regulations that provide guidelines on production, utilization, and movements of plant and plant materials such as sanitary and phytosanitary regulations, pesticides and chemical residuals limits, plant breeders’ rights protection among others.

 

Career prospects

The program will create an advanced human resource to meet the needs of the upcoming and growing horticultural research and training institutions. It will also provide highly skilled human resources required in solving current and emerging challenges in horticulture.

 

Why the Master of Science in Horticulture at Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST)?

The University is located in Meru County that is one of the hubs of agricultural production with favorable agro-ecological conditions that supports diverse forms of agricultural production.

A candidate wishing to be admitted to the Master of Science in Horticulture program of the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture, Agriculture, Crop Science, Crop Protection, Plant Biotechnology, Botany, Forestry or related disciplines from an institution(s) accredited by CUE.

In addition to the above, they must meet the following;

  • Hold a minimum of Second Class Honors Upper Division in the relevant bachelor’s degree.
  • Candidates holding a Second Class Honors Lower Division in the relevant bachelor’s degree will only be admitted if they have two (2) years of relevant research work experience and have one (1) publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Regulations on Credit Transfers

No credit transfer shall be given to a candidate wishing to join a Master of Science in Horticulture program.

What Will I Study?

Courses

  Year 1
  Semester 1
 Code Course Title
AAH 5100 Horticultural Seminars I (core)
AAH 5101 Advances in Plant Nutrition (core)
AAH 5102 Crop Protection (core)
SBT 5100 Advanced Plant Physiology and Biochemistry (core)
1 elective unit One elective unit selected from the elective units
  Year 1 Semester 1 Elective
AAH 5103 Vegetable Production
AAH 5104 Fruit Production
AAC 5105 Flower and Ornamental Plant Production
AAA 5106 Advanced plant breeding Genetic Engineering
  Semester 2
AAH 5150 Horticultural Seminars II (core)
AAH 5151 Advanced Horticultural Crop Production (core)
AAH 5152 Research Methods (core)
AAH 5153 Advanced Horticultural Postharvest physiology and Technology (core)
1 elective unit One elective unit selected from the elective units
  Year 1 Semester 2 Electives
AAH 5154 Advanced Agricultural marketing
AAH 5155 Project Management

 

  Year 2
  Semester 1
 Code Course Title
AAH 5200 Research and Seminars
  Semester 2
AAH 5250 Research and Seminars
AAH 5251 Thesis and Publications*

 

* Thesis and Publications

Key parts of Thesis and Publications: Data organization and analysis, interpretation of results, writing a scientific research paper, publishing scientific research findings, presentation of research findings, preparation of oral presentations and posters, participation in scientific seminars and conferences, writing and compiling a thesis and document organization.