Floral artistry and management

University of Missouri-Columbia
Undergraduate certificate
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Advance in a flourishing industry with Mizzou’s online undergraduate certificate in floral artistry and management. This unique and in-depth program is designed for students looking to expand their floral knowledge without earning a full bachelor’s degree. 

Graduates of this program will learn: 

  • How flowers are grown, harvested, shipped and more. 
  • The ins and outs of floral design, from terms and techniques to history and pricing.
  • Basic knowledge of designing and working in a floral shop, and how to work on large-scale events.
  • How to build their own business plan, portfolio, website and social media presence.

Quick facts

Official name

Undergraduate certificate in floral artistry and management


University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Undergraduate certificate

Academic home

College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources | Division of Plant Science & Technology

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Part time credit hours


Part time estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Person arranging a bouquet of flowers in a shop walk talking to a customer.

Career prospects

Job titles graduates of this program can expect to achieve:

  • Floral designer
  • Floral manager
  • Floral retail assistant
  • Event coordinator 

In addition to new job opportunities, this program could lead to certification as a Certified Floral Designer (CFD®) or accredited membership in the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD®).

The on-campus floral program has a 100% job placement record for graduates.
Job placement
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Program structure

The online undergraduate certificate in floral artistry and management is 100% online: no campus visits required. Students will receive hands-on training by purchasing supplies, creating arrangements at home and receiving feedback remotely. Fresh Flowers are an additional cost.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two classes per semester and finish the program in two years.

Course work includes

  • Introduction to floral design
  • Everyday floral design
  • Special occasion floral design
  • Wedding floral design
  • Retail floral management


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2 years

Typical course load

1 or 2 classes each semester


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Lesleighan Cravens

Growing up in rural Missouri, Lesleighan Cravens never knew the opportunities that the floral industry would have in store for her. While working towards her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education, she found her niche and what would soon become her home. Shortly after graduation, Cravens began doing what she considers her “dream job.” Since starting at the University of Missouri, Lesleighan has received multiple certifications and awards through the floral industry.

Lesleighan Cravens, AIFD, CFD, PFCI

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Division of Plant Science & Technology