Institute of Applied Agriculture Certificate

University of Maryland, College Park

Year Founded: Sept. 1, 1965
Date Posted: Aug. 12, 2016
Submitted by: Randie Hovatter
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Campus Engagement
Content Type: Academic Programs
Discipline: Agriculture
Program Type: Specialization/Concentration/Emphasis
Completion: 2 years
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Both


The Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) is a 60-credit, two-year academic certificate program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) at the University of Maryland, College Park. The IAA provides students with the entrepreneurial and technical skills needed to manage profitable agricultural enterprises, including golf courses, sports fields, landscaping companies, and farming operations.

The IAA is designed to motivate students as they start, enhance, or redirect their careers. Enrollees include recent high school graduates, people who have been out of school for years, lifelong learners, and career changers. The program also provides a gateway for students who want to continue their education by transferring into a baccalaureate degree program.

Students can gain hands-on experience and career access in one of the following courses of study:

  • Agricultural Business Management
  • Agricultural Leadership and Communication
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Landscape Management
  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Golf Course Management
  • Sports Turf Management
  • Turfgrass Management

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