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, technical, and leadership skills needed to manage profitable agricultural enterprises, including golf courses, sports fields, landscaping companies, and farming operations.
The IAA motivates students to start, enhance, or redirect their careers. Our students include recent high school graduates, people who have been out of school for years, lifelong learners, and career changers.
Our program also provides a gateway for students who want to continue their education and earn a baccalaureate degree.
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
Interview with IAA Director, Glori Hyman:
Fulfilling the Land-Grant Mission:
The Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) was established in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources on the University of Maryland's College Park campus in 1965. Upon request from the UMD Office of the President, the IAA was developed to meet the state's need for a post-secondary, technical program that was more career-oriented and less time-consuming than a baccalaureate program.