Master's Degree

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

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

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"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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Interdepartmental M.S. degree (thesis and non-thesis) delivered in partnership with 19 Iowa State University departments. The GPSA program also offers a Ph.D. and a double degree M.S. program.

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The Food Systems curriculum integrates social science, humanities and natural science approaches to understanding connections among vital interests of humanity in creating nourishment, pursuing health and well-being and sustaining the environment.

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Master in Regenerative Studies (MSRS) integrates a variety of disciplines including agriculture, physical science, environmental design, engineering, and business. The John T. Lyle Center advances the principles of environmentally sustainable living through education, research, demonstration and community outreach. The University Campus features demonstration strategies including agriculture, solar living and on site energy generation, biodiesel (process and demonstration), waste water management, sustainable architecture, landscape design, and community gardens.

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The Master of Agriculture (online) degree with a specialization in Integrated Resource Management teaches professionals to "manage rangeland and animal production for both long-term profitability and sustainability."

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The Master of Agriculture degree with a specialization in Integrated Resource Management teaches professionals to "manage rangeland and animal production for both long-term profitability and sustainability."

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"The Master of Science in Horticulture with an Emphasis on Organic and Sustainable Production is designed to provide students with 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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In this program, students "will develop valuable expertise about the soil ecosystem and build the research skills to address soil issues related to sustainable agriculture and the environment."

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Multidisciplinary training and research programs, and on-farm research. George Washington Carver Agricultural Experiment Station, and Cooperative Extension Service provide support for this program.

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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.

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