This certificate focuses on "the principles of agribusiness management, sustainable agriculture and direct farm marketing" and is designed to teach students the skills in small sustainable farm business management needed to "enter the workforce as a small farm owner or manager."
Coursework for the program covers organic fruit and crop production, organic gardening, viticulture, integrated pest management, composting, specialty crops and sustainable crop production.
The Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA) and the Iowa State University Department of Community and Regional Planning offer a dual degree program leading to the Master of Science degree in Sustainable Agriculture and the Master of Community and Regional Planning degree.
Iowa State University graduate students in programs other than the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA) can receive a Graduate Minor in Sustainable Agriculture.
Graduate students conducting research in Sustainable Agriculture can earn one of five M.S. degrees or three Ph.D. degrees, depending on their interests.