College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture


Grow professionally at the IAA.

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:

Our Mission:

The mission of the Institute of Applied Agriculture is to provide high quality education for future leaders and entrepreneurs in agriculture, turfgrass, horticulture, and natural resource enterprises.

Interview with Director Glori Hyman:

Fulfilling UMD's Land-Grant Mission:

The 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.

Committees representing the University of Maryland, the USM Board of Regents, the Maryland Governor's Office, and the Maryland Higher Education Commission approved the Institute.

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