The increasing demand of horticultural products as a result of increasing population is placing significant pressure on the environment, few trained scientists available and the development of new technologies in production, handling, marketing and improvement of horticultural products. Institutions of higher learning are obligated to train personnel that will exploit the untapped potential in the horticultural industry. The horticultural industry contributes significantly to food security, employment and wealth creation. The industry is rapidly expanding but is faced with competition, inadequate postgraduate scientists, and changing environment in which it has to operate. The horticultural industry therefore requires personnel with advanced level of training to tackle the emerging issues such as food insecurity, poverty and environmental degradation. The degree of Master of Science in horticulture shall represent the attainment of advanced level of scholarship and achievement in coursework and independent research. It is conceptualized and designed to produce personnel with advanced level of training, who are expected to contribute towards the goal of realizing the full potential of horticulture in national development and promotion of living standards.
Horticultural section offers a graduate programme leading to the degree of Master of Science in horticulture. The major objective of this programme is to provide an opportunity for outstanding University graduates of horticulture to prepare themselves for challenging careers in teaching, research and supervisory level horticultural positions.
Applicants for admission should be those holding the Bachelor of Science in horticulture with a minimum of upper second-class honours or equivalent from Egerton University or other approved Universities. Also, those holding Bachelor of Science in agricultural degrees with a major in Crop Science or other related plant sciences will be considered, if they possess at least either upper second class honours degree or cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 out of 4.00 in all courses taken at University level.
In addition, the applicants should request three persons, one of who shall have taught the applicant at University level, to send letters of reference directly to the Registrar
(Academic). In certain circumstances, where a candidate's credentials are not easily evaluated, or do not meet the minimum requirements, the Department may require certain applicants to pass a qualifying examination, [administered either orally or in written form or both], or provide proof of sufficient research work/experience.
There shall be two categories of registration for the Master of Science degree in horticulture:
i) Full-time students: - students registered under this category shall be required to complete their degree requirements within three years;
ii) Part-time students: - students registered under this category shall be required to complete their degree requirements within four years.
Course Structure and Duration
i) Graduate Courses;
ii) Regular graduate courses are numbered in 700 series and above;
iii) Earning Graduate Credits;
iv) To graduate with a M.Sc. degree in Horticulture, a candidate must obtain a cumulative weighted average of grade ―B‖ or higher. To earn a graduate credit, a candidate has to pass the relevant subject with grade 'C' or higher;
v) Scholarship Requirements;
vi) A demonstration of high-level scholarship performance is expected of students enrolled for graduate credit. A student who does not appear to be making satisfactory progress in his/her graduate work may be required to withdraw from the University. A student will be recommended for the award of an advanced degree if he/she has achieved a weighted average of 50% or better on all work taken for graduate credit. The grade "F" does not carry graduate credit, but is used in computing the weighted average. The grade "P" is not used for computing the weighted average, but earns Credit Factors (C.F);
vii) Maximum and Minimum Study Load;
viii) The usual maximum load for students registered for advanced degrees is sixteen Credit Factors per semester. To maintain scholarship, a minimum of nine Credit Factors must be taken in each Semester, except where a candidate has completed his/her course work requirements;
ix) Auditing Courses;
x) With the consent of the lecturers concerned, graduate students may audit courses not included in their regular options. Such students shall not earn credit factors for the audited courses, but they will be awarded grade "AU";
xi) Credit Transfer from a Recognized Institution;
xii) Subject to recommendation by the Department and approval by the Board of Post-Graduate School Egerton University, a student may transfer a maximum of six Credit Factors of Graduate level, provided that such C.F.'s were obtained with grade "B" or better.
All examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the examination regulation as stipulated in the Egerton University statute XXIX
The grading of examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University statute XXIX.
To graduate, a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
The Master of Science (Horticulture) degree programme is not classified.