College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

Agriculture Forward at Maryland

Earn two credentials at the same time from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Agriculture Forward at the University of Maryland
(Ag Forward) provides first-time University students the opportunity to earn dual credentials in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR).

Students begin by studying for one year toward a Certificate in 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 become eligible to apply for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Ag Forward students receive:

  • Hands-on agricultural education in one of eight concentrations at the Institute of Applied Agriculture.
  • Admission into an AGNR bachelor’s degree program contingent on: (a) completion of 30 credits including fundamental Math and English, and (b) a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Dual academic advising from both 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 concentrations:

  • Agricultural Business Management
  • Agricultural Leadership and Communication
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Landscape Management
  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Golf Course Management
  • Sports Turf Management
  • Turfgrass Management

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)

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.


Office of Academic Programs (AGNR)
0105 Symons Hall
University of Maryland, College Park 20742
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