• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    30
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $367.60
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $367.60

A masters degree in agroforestry from MU can help you advance your career in this rapidly expanding and globally acclaimed field. If you want to help landowners diversify their income, improve soil quality and increase biodiversity, this may be the degree for you. 

Potential careers:

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

Course work covers:

  • Principles of agroforestry
  • Agroforestry economics and policy
  • Watershed restoration
  • Soil fertility and plant nutrition
  • Natural resource policy and administration

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.
  3. GRE scores from within the past five years.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Statement of purpose describing your academic and career background and goals.
  7. Résumé or CV.
  8. Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three 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 one from an administrator or colleague who can describe your professional experience and potential. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
  9. A sample publication (optional).
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.

Application Deadlines

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

Courses

Core
  • FOREST 7385Agroforestry 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.

  • 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 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.

  • ENV_SC 7396Agroforestry 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 agroforestry practices to improve overall environmental quality.

  • 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.

  • FOREST 8050Research in Forestry (1-6 credit hours)1-6 Credit

    Original research not leading to preparation of dissertation.

  • FOREST 9087Seminar in Forestry (1 credit hour)1 Credit

    Discussions of current developments in Forestry, and critical study of research programs. Graded on S/U basis only.

Elective
  • AG_ED_LD 8087Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership: Technology Transfer and the Role of Agriculture and Extension Education (1–99 credit hours)

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8250Leadership Theory and Application3 Credits

    Survey of concepts, theories and practices of leadership, personal development and group dynamics. Exploration of leadership traits and models with a focus upon how they apply to Agricultural Education.

  • 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.

  • BIOCHM 8130Commercial Use of Biodiversity 3 Credits

    The variability among living organisms and among the ecological complexes of which they are part - forms the basis of many commercial products and underpins our very existence by providing essential ecosystem services.

  • ESC_PS 7170Introduction to Applied Statistics3 Credits

    Introduces statistical techniques including descriptive statistics, correlation, simple regression and hypothesis testing. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: College Algebra or equivalent.

  • FOREST 4390Watershed Management and Water Quality3 Credits

    (cross-leveled with FOREST 7390). Hydrologic processes on wildland watersheds. Effects of forest land management on streamflow, erosion and water quality. Prerequisites: MATH 1400; Senior standing only.

  • FOREST 7390Watershed Management and Water Quality3 Credits

    (cross-leveled with FOREST 4390). Hydrologic processes on wildland watersheds. Effects of forest land management on streamflow, erosion and water quality. Prerequisites: MATH 1400 or instructor's consent.

  • FOREST 8515Advanced Forest Biometrics3 Credits

    An introduction to the topics and philosophy of ecological modeling. The course will guide students through the process of developing a conceptual model, formalizing the model, formulating, parameterizing, and running the model as well as analyzing the results. Prerequisites: STAT 7070 or 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 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.

  • NAT_R 8024Program Development and Evaluation in Informal Settings3 Credits

    Organized study of selected topics. Subjects may vary from semester to semester.

  • NAT_R 8325Introduction 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.

  • 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: $367.60
  • Fees: $66.97
  • Total: $434.57
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $200.91
  • Total: $1303.71
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $66.97
  • Total: $434.57
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $200.91
  • Total: $1303.71
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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