Masters Programmes


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.

Admission Regulations

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.

Course Details

There shall be two categories of registration for the Master of Science degree in horticulture:

  • (a) Full-time students: - students registered under this category shall be required to complete their degree requirements within three years.
  • (b) Part-time students: - students registered under this category shall be required to complete their degree requirements within four years.

Graduate Courses

Regular graduate courses are numbered in 700 series and above.

Earning Graduate Credits

To graduate with an M.Sc. degree in Horticulture, a candidate must obtain a cumulative weighted average of grade C or higher. To earn a graduate credit, a candidate has to pass the relevant subject with grade 'C' or higher.

Scholarship Requirements

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.).

Maximum and Minimum Study Load

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.

Auditing Courses

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".

Credit Transfer from a Recognized Institution

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.


Examinations shall consist of Continuous Assessment, which shall account for 40% of the final grade and the end of Semester Exams that shall account for 60% of the final grade. The exam may either be reports, written, practical, oral, or combinations of all, depending on the course. Resit/Special/Retake: Egerton University post-graduate statute shall apply.


All candidates for the Master of Science in horticulture shall be required to conduct independent research leading to writing of a thesis. The thesis shall be awarded the grade of "P" if accepted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Master of Science degree in Horticulture or "F" if the thesis is not accepted.


Graduate courses shall be graded as below:

  • A 70% and above = Excellent
  • B 60% - 69% = Good
  • C 50 - 59% = Average
  • F 49 and below = Fail

Schedule of Courses
At least forty five (45) Credit Factors (C.F.) of graduate work are required for the Master of Science.

This includes the following courses:

Option I: Olericulture
Candidates wishing to specialize in Olericulture shall be required to take the following courses,
all of which shall be offered in Semesters I and II.


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