Master's Degree

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The Agriculture, Food and Environment (AFE) program within the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy "fuses the disciplines of nutrition, agricultural science, environmental studies, and public policy." Students "learn to evaluate the ecological, political, economic and social aspects of food production and distribution." Research opportunities are offered in sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and consumer behavior related to food and the environment.

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The Agroecology Program offers a Master's degree with two tracks: 1) The Public Practice Track trains project developers and program managers at the interfaces of agriculture and other sectors of society; and 2) The Research Track addresses the need for continued research and scholarship. See also https://agroecology.wisc.edu.

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Washington State University's "Crop and Soil Science degree programs can also be developed to study sustainability of alternative cropping systems such as organic, site-specific, biointensive and direct-seed systems..."

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Students in the "dual master's degree program between the University of Georgia and the University of Padova, Italy...spend one year at UGA taking classes and one year at the University of Padova engaged in research." "Upon completion of the program, the student receives a Master's degree in crop and soil sciences with an emphasis in sustainable agriculture from UGA and a Master's degree in sustainable agriculture from the University of Padova."

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The Food Systems curriculum integrates social science, humanities and natural science.  The program "prepares students to address some of the most challenging problems of contemporary food systems, such as building climate change resilience, reducing waste across the supply chain and exploring equitable distribution and fair labor practices."

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The Master of Science in Horticulture with an Emphasis on Organic and Sustainable Production "provides an introduction to the scientific research process and the opportunity to complete an integrated research project relevant to the increasingly complex organic industry. This degree offers more focused coursework and a research project designed to explore the areas of organic and sustainable production. "

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Interdepartmental M.S. degree (thesis and non-thesis) delivered in partnership with 21 Iowa State University departments. The GPSA program also offers a Ph.D. and a double degree M.S. program.

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Interdepartmental graduate degree delivered in partnership with 21 Iowa State University departments. The GPSA program also offers M.S. (thesis and non-thesis) and Ph.D. degrees, and a double degree M.S. program.

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The Department of Plant Sciences offers an M.S. Degree in Plant Sciences and offers a Ph.D. in collaboration with soil science faculty in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, and Entomology and Plant Patholog faculty. Graduate studies and research opportunities in organic and sustainable crop production are available.

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The MSRS integrates a variety of disciplines including agriculture, physical science, environmental design, engineering, and business. The John T. Lyle Center researches and demonstrates regenerative strategies such as energy production technology, organic agriculture, ecological restoration, and sustainable community development.

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The Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA) and the Iowa State University Department of Community and Regional Planning offer a double degree program leading to the Master of Science degree in Sustainable Agriculture and the Master of Community and Regional Planning degree.

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The program focuses on sustainable agriculture and food systems and "is designed to prepare graduate-level students for advanced studies while integrating the framework of sustainable practices."

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The program offers two tracks: Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources track; and Food and Nutrition track.

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