• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    12
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $360.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $360.00

A graduate certificate in agroforestry from MU can help you advance your career in this rapidly expanding and globally acclaimed field. If you have experience in agroforestry but lack a formal credential, this may be the program for you. 

Potential careers:

  • Agriculture scientist 
  • Conservation scientist 
  • Environmental engineer 
  • Environmental specialist 
  • Geoscientist 
  • Forester 

Course work covers:

  • Agroforestry ecology, practice and principles 
  • Geographic information systems 
  • Natural resource policy and administration 
  • Soil fertility and plant nutrition 
  • Watershed restoration and management

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education if you do not have a master's degree.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. Ideally, one letter should be from a professor who can discuss your academic abilities, and the other from an administrator or colleague who can describe your professional experience and potential. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
May 15
Spring semester
October 15
Summer semester
March 15

Courses

Core
  • BIOCHM 8120Advanced Medicinal Plant Science3 Credits

    Presentation of core topics in pharmacognosy, including an overview of plant groups with medicinal properties, essentials of botanical nomenclature, Overview of pharmacological activities of plant-sourced products and evidence-based research, phytochemical variation and significance, important biochemical pathways, origins of secondary metabolites, some major groups of phytochemicals, observations on economic and social trends in the use of medicinal plant products in developed and developing countries, overview of modern technology, high throughput screening, bioinformatics. Considerable exposure to key articles in journals, based on internationally accepted text (Trease & Evans), exposure to online databases - all sources of information that facilitate evidence-based research involving medicinal plants. Content of world-wide application. Has considerable international flavor and directly applicable to medicinal flora world-wide. The course facilitates students to be independent learners and critical thinkers in this important knowledge area (of value to diverse academic backgrounds). The important role of collaborative inter-disciplinary studies is also emphasized. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: CHEM 1100 or CHEM 1320 or BIOCHM 1090 and BIO_SC 1200 or BIO_SC 1500 or the equivalent of these courses for non-MU students. Recommended: A Freshman level course in the Life Sciences or General Botany will also be advantageous but not essential.

  • ENV_SC 4396Agroforestry for Watershed Restoration3 Credits

    Agroforestry for watershed restoration will focus on integrated approaches for improved water quality, soil health, and economic benefits. Students will learn principles and practices, critical analysis and application of agroforesty practices to improve overall environmental quality. May be repeated for credit. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: FOREST 4385 or FOREST 7385.

  • ENV_SC 7396Agroforestry for Watershed Restoration 3 Credits
  • FOREST 4385Agroforestry I: Theory, Practice and Adoption3 Credits

    Understand biophysical, ecological, social and economic features of temperate and tropical agroforestry. Covers the basics of design, planning and implementation of agroforestry practices. Prerequisites: junior standing.

  • FOREST 7385Agroforestry I: Theory, Practice and Adoption3 Credits
  • FOREST 8385Ecological Principles of Agroforestry3 Credits

    The course prepares students to develop an understanding of the complexity of agroforestry. Students will critically analyze classical and contemporary ecological theories and apply them in designing agroforestry practices to solve complex production and environmental issues. May be repeated for credit. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: FOREST 4385 or FOREST 7385 or permission of instructor.

  • FOREST 8401Topics in Forestry: Agroforestry Economics and Policy3 Credits

    Organized study of selected topics. Subjects and credit may vary from semester to semester. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

  • NAT_R 4353Natural Resource Policy/Administration3 Credits

    Principles of policy formation and analysis; relationship of organizational goals to structure, planning and budgeting. Historical background of present natural resource policies; examines current policy issues. Prerequisites: senior standing or instructor's consent.

  • NAT_R 7325Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3 Credits

    Cover theories and techniques of GIS; including vector and raster data representation, vector data digitizing, attribute data input, map projection, layout database manipulation, terrain analysis and spatial interpolation. Prerequisites: Instructor's consent.

  • NAT_R 7353Natural Resource Policy/Administration3 Credits

    Principles of policy formation and analysis; relationship of organizational goals to structure, planning and budgeting. Historical background of present natural resource policies; examines current policy issues. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

  • SOIL 4313Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition3 Credits

    (same as PLNT_S 4313). Explanation of principles of delivery of plant nutrients to plants, discussion of the role of each essential nutrient in crop plants and introduction to the management of soil amendments. Prerequisites: SOIL 2100 or instructor's consent.

  • SOIL 7313Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition3 Credits

    (same as PLNT_S 7313). Explanation of principles of delivery of plant nutrients to plants, discussion of the role of each essential nutrient in crop plants and introduction to the management of soil amendments. Prerequisites: SOIL 2100 or instructor's consent.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $360.00
  • Fees: $65.59
  • Total: $425.59
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1080.00
  • Fees: $196.77
  • Total: $1276.77
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $360.00
  • Fees: $65.59
  • Total: $425.59
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1080.00
  • Fees: $196.77
  • Total: $1276.77
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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