College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

Agriculture Forward at Maryland

Earn two UMD credentials at the same time.

Agriculture Forward at the University of Maryland (Ag Forward) is an accelerated program that provides first-time University of Maryland students the opportunity to earn dual credentials from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR).

Ag Forward students begin by working toward a Certificate of Applied Agriculture at the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA). After successfully completing 30 credits at the IAA with a GPA of at least 3.0., students are eligible to apply for transfer into an AGNR bachelor’s degree program. Ag Forward students conclude their education at UMD by graduating with dual credentials: a Certificate in Applied Agriculture and a bachelor's degree.

Ag Forward students receive:

  • Hands-on agricultural education in one of eight tracks at the IAA.
  • Admission into an AGNR bachelor’s degree program, contingent on completion of 30 credits (including fundamental Math and English) and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Dual academic advising from the IAA and AGNR to ensure a smooth transition.
  • The ability to earn both a Certificate in Applied Agriculture and a bachelor’s degree within four years.

Choose your credentials

IAA Concentration Tracks:

  • Agricultural Business Management
  • Agricultural Leadership and Communication
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Landscape Management
  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Golf Course Management
  • Sports Turf Management
  • Turfgrass Management
  • click for full list of IAA concentrations

AGNR Baccalaureate Programs:

  • Animal and Avian Sciences (ANSC)
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC)
  • Environmental Science and Policy (ENSP)
  • Environmental Science and Technology (ENST)
  • Nutrition and Food Science (NFSC)
  • Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA)
           - Agricultural Science and Technology
  • click for full list of AGNR four-year majors and concentrations

Get started today

Visit our application page for additional details and to apply. The annual Ag Forward application deadline is March 15.

Frequently asked questions

To view the IAA's list of frequently asked questions, click here.


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University of Maryland, College Park 20742
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