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    Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture (MPSH)

    Utah State University's Plant, Soils and Climate Department offers a Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture (MPSH) degree with a specialization in water efficient landscaping.  

    The primary purpose of the MPSH degree program is to prepare students for positions in urban water conservation, with a focus on urban landscape water management. The program is designed to train horticulturists to understand the complexity of water management and the ability to convey this information to the public. 

    With the exception of three pre-requisite courses, MPSH degree is available entirely as an online program. For more information about the program, please visit the Plants, Soils and Climate Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture (MPSH) web page.

    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


    QWEL Training

    Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL):

    what is QWEL

    The Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) program presents an affordable proactive local approach to reducing landscape water demand. QWEL provides graduates with knowledge in water efficient and sustainable landscape practices including water management and preservation of other valuable resources.

    In 2010, The Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (CWEL) and USU Extension partnered with the Utah Nursery and Landscape Association (UNLA) and Jordan Valley Water Conservation District  to bring the QWEL program to Utah. This program is certified by the EPA WaterSense Program The program was adapted to Utah’s climate by USU professionals, with training provided by USU. QWEL provides approximately 20 hours of education that is focused on water-efficient principles including irrigation system and landscape design with proper plant selection for the climate. Landscape professionals then use their training to help Utahns reduce landscape water demand by becoming more water efficient in landscape design, maintenance and operation.

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    The QWEL program is now available online through USU Extensions Online Course Catalog. The online modules offer a starting point to the QWEL program by covering several lectures. However, participants wanting certification will need to attend additional lectures, and complete the irrigation audit and exam in person.  

    Register for QWEL Online Training 

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    For more information visit the QWEL website at


    EPA WaterSense