Roar, Turtle, Roar.

If you want to be recognized as a professional in your field backed by credentialing and education from the University of Maryland, apply to the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA).  We’ll provide the entrepreneurial, technical, leadership and communication skills you’ll need to work in and manage successful agricultural enterprises, including golf courses, food systems, sports fields, landscaping companies, and farm operations and markets, and nonprofits. You'll benefit from the individualized attention provided by a small program along with the advantages of belonging to a world-class research university. 

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Prospective Students

Two Years.

Careers Grow Here.

The Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) offers a two-year academic certificate program within 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.

Students enjoy the benefits of a small program along with the advantages of belonging to a world-class research university and living on or near campus in College Park. Apply Today!

Current Students

Welcome!

We encourage students to connect with us on social media, stay up-to-date with the IAA Student Handbook and course materials, get involved with student organizations, and take advantage of the various networking opportunities that are available.

Alumni

Stay Connected. 

Our program strives to keep the communication lines open with our alumni and connect current students with our extensive network.

IAA alumni are leaders, entrepreneurs, and exceptional mentors to the next generation of green industry professionals.

If you are an IAA alumni and wish to join us at a fundraising golf tournament, host an IAA intern, join our mailing list, or volunteer to share your story of success, please connect with us.

Scholarships

These scholarships are only available for students of the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA). Funds are awarded directly through the IAA. Please download, read, and fill out the form carefully, then submit your completed application to Room 2123 of Jull Hall.

Please note: there is one application form which covers multiple IAA scholarships. The annual due dates are January 5 for Spring scholarship applications, and May 31 for Fall applications. Download the IAA's scholarship application using the link below.

IAA Scholarship Application

Internship Spotlight: Wade Williams

Wade Williams, a student at the Institute of Applied Agriculture, realized he enjoyed working in agribusiness after working on a 2,000-acre grain farm that prioritized sustainable agriculture practices. Since then he obtained a degree in Sustainable Agriculture Through Innovation from UMD in May 2020, and he is now taking IAA classes this semester to earn his certificate in Agricultural Business Management.  

This summer, Williams interned at Falling Branch Brewery, in Street, MD, where he gained valuable insight into starting and running a business that helped shape him for his future. Inspired by Falling Branch Brewery’s owner Alex Galbreath, Williams says, “Alex has successfully founded a thriving brewery and food truck business. It is inspirational to see a farm given a new purpose, and I hope to carry that inspiration with me throughout my experiences in agriculture.”

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