College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

Prospective Students

applied agriculture certificate program UMD

Two Years. Your Career Starts Here.

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. Apply today!

Areas of study at the IAA include:

Agricultural Business Management and Leadership

Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Management

Turfgrass and Golf Course Management

Ag Forward:

Agriculture Forward (Ag Forward) at the University of Maryland, College Park is an accelerated program for first-year college students who plan to pursue a career in agriculture and natural resources. Students earn both a certificate in Applied Agriculture and a bachelor's degree from one of the programs in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR)Read more.

Why the IAA is right for you:

The IAA offers career-focused, hands-on learning with access to nationally recognized research and lab facilities. Small class sizes allow IAA students to receive individualized attention from faculty. Over 90% of IAA graduates have jobs in their chosen fields by the time they graduate. IAA alumni regularly provide career and internship opportunities to current students.

Get started:

View our admissions requirements, take advantage of our rolling admissions and apply today, or register to attend an upcoming IAA Open House event.


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