WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$631 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Diploma in Horticulture
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Agriculture
Campus:Njoro Campus
Application Deadline: October 2021
Programme Overview

The three-year course leading to the Diploma in Horticulture is designed to produce graduates having broad practical knowledge and skills for the rapidly growing horticultural industry in Kenya. The practical-oriented training equips students for technical positions in research, extension, and commercial farms, associated service industries and self-employment.

Egerton University is suitable for horticultural training, because it is centrally located between Eldoret and Nairobi airports, and in the Rift Valley province that is suitable for production of horticultural crops.

Programme Objectives

The horticultural in Kenya is a major contributor to agricultural production and has evolved to be among the top four sectors that earn significant foreign exchange.

The sector is rapidly growing and possesses great potential that needs to be fully exploited for increased output and quality of horticultural produce. The realization of this potential requires highly trained technical manpower with practical knowledge and skills in horticulture.

At the end of the Diploma programme, students should be able to:
i) Perceive the importance of horticulture in the national economy with particular reference to the roles of vegetables, fruits, flowers and other ornamental plants in meeting the nutritional needs of the family, aesthetic gratification and foreign exchange earnings;
ii) the acquired knowledge and practical skills to improve the production and post-harvest technology of horticultural crops and marketing of the produce;
iii) Effectively communicate the acquired knowledge and skills to various individuals and groups interested in improving horticultural crop production;
iv) Set up and manage a commercial horticultural enterprise involving the production and marketing of fruits, vegetables, cut-flowers and nursery stock plants in both outdoor and greenhouse environments;
v) Carryout meaningful scientific research on various facets of horticultural and other crop enterprises;
vi) Promote environmental and food safety awareness by safe use of pesticides and employing production practices that minimize chemical residues, as well
as soil erosion;
vii) Utilize the acquired knowledge and skills in gainful self-employment.


Course Structure and Duration
The Diploma in horticulture shall normally take three academic years, each with two semesters. The courses are coded as follows:
i) The abbreviation HORT refers to Horticulture;
ii) The first digit (i.e. zero) in all the courses indicates the level of training (i.e. Diploma);
iii) The second digit (i.e. 1, 2, 3) represents the year of study;
iv) The third digit (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) refers to the subject discipline/matter as follows:
0 = Introductory Courses
1 = General and Principle Courses
2 = Basic Horticultural Courses
3 = Vegetable Crops
4 = Fruit Crops
5 = Post-harvest Management
6 = Ornamental Horticulture
7 = Experimentation and Research Projects.

v) The fourth digit shows the series of courses in a particular field.

Examination Regulations

All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute XXVIII.

Grading System
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the Diploma in Horticulture, a student shall be required to take and pass
all scheduled courses within the stipulated period.

Diploma Classification

The Diploma classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants must satisfy the University minimum entry requirements for a University Diploma of Grade C in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), or equivalent examinations and, in addition, offer passes with at least a:
– C in English/Kiswahili;
– C in Maths/Physics or in Agriculture;
– C+ in Biology or B- in Biological Sciences;
-C+ in Chemistry or B- in Physical Sciences.
Admission may be granted to outstanding holders of a Certificate in agriculture, or fields related to agriculture from recognized Colleges, who will have passed with at least a credit or its equivalent.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan and East African Community Students: $9
Application Fees for International Students: $9

Application Guidelines:
Required Documents to be attached during Application include:
– Certified copies of your Result Slip, Certificates and Transcripts.
– ORIGINAL RECEIPT (Application Fee): KShs. 2,000 for ALL Degree Programmes and Kshs. 1,000 for all Undergraduate Diploma Programmes: Payable to; Account Name; Egerton University, Kenya Commercial Bank; Account No:1108550703.
– Copy of your National ID Card or Birth Certificate.

Online application procedure

– Simply complete the Egerton University Online Application form and upload all the necessary documents, so that it can be processed by the administrative department
– The application will be complete once all the necessary fees have been paid.

Offline Application Procedure
– An Application form can be downloaded through the school website:
– The application form must be fully filled and the relevant academic documents attached. It must be returned to the admissions office of the university according to the deadline set by the admissions office.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities for this programme include:
– Plant Pathologist
– Consultant in horticulture
– Ornamental horticulturist
– Horticultural technician
– Plant Care Worker
– Nursery Staffer
– Landscape Designer
– Writer

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East African Community Students: $631
Tuition Fees for International Students: $821

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs. 70,000
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs. 91,000
EAC (East African Community) Students pay the same amount as Kenyan students. Countries in the East African Community include; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.


– Foreign students out of the East African Community pay 30% more that the Kenyan students.
– The University reviews tuition fees on a regular basis.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Alexander Kahi
Dean, Faculty of Agriculture
Admissions Office
Admission Enquiries