Graduate Certificate Summary
DescriptionThe Grassland Management graduate certificate is a 12 credit hour program designed for current and future grassland professionals--managers, advisers and conservationists--and others who want to increase their knowledge about the conservation, utilization and sustainability of managed grassland systems.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kansas State University, Iowa State University, and the University of Missouri (Columbia) have been collaborating on grasslands management distance education courses as part of the multi-institutional USDA-funded Higher Education Challenge grant. The overarching project goal of the grant is to establish a multi-state agricultural consortium to develop and deliver high-priority collaborative distance education program in the food and agricultural sciences.
There is a history of excellence in grassland research and education at the institutions collaborating on the Grasslands Management Graduate Certificate Program. The graduate certificate is designed to provide students a knowledge base in pasture and range management; vegetation analysis, root growth, and utilization; grassland and wetlands ecology; watershed management; fire ecology; grassland plants, insects and diseases; and basic research and educational programs in grasslands.
Application Checklist and Deadlines
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Application for Graduate Admission for a graduate certificate objective
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (see upload requirements)
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you hold an F1 visa: concurrent admission to a degree program, because a certificate alone is not sufficient for F1 status
See also: steps to admission.
Required by the Department for this Certificate
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited 4-year college
- GPA of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale (undergraduate and/or graduate)
- Letter of intent
- Resume or vita
- Three letters of recommendation
- If applicant's native language is not English, verification of English proficiency
Application DeadlineRolling admission; contact the department for more information.
CoursesThe Grassland Management certificate is a 12 credit hour program. Students will be required to take and pass (B- or higher in all classes) seven credit hours of core courses and at least five hours of elective credits. Students will work with their institutional advisors to develop a plan of study most beneficial to the student. Coursework may be transferred in on a case-by-case basis with approval of the student's advisor.
Core Courses (Required)AGRO 847: Grassland Fire Ecology (3 credits)
AGRO 848: Grassland Monitoring & Assessment (2 credits)
AGRO 851: Grassland Plant Identification (2 credits)
Elective Courses (Choose 2)AGRO 843: Ecology of Invasive Species (3 credits)
AGRO 846: Principles of Forage Quality & Evaluation for Grazing Livestock (3 credits)
AGRO 849: Watershed Management in Grasslands (3 credits)
More Course InformationThe Graduate Bulletin provides course descriptions, prerequisites, degree program requirements, and more.
The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors when this course is offered.
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