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In simple terms, agroforestry is intensive land-use management combining trees and/or shrubs with crops and/or livestock. It also is new market opportunities. Sustainable agriculture. Land stewardship. Habitat for wildlife. Improved water quality. Diversified farm income.

This 12-hour online graduate certificate, from the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri, provides students with agroforestry fundamentals as well as theoretical foundations in both the biophysical and socioeconomic components of agroforestry.

Designed for individuals with years of experience in agroforestry but lacking a formal credential, it is a perfect fit for those interested in or involved with the Peace Corps, or possessing a bachelor's degree in a related area but no formal training in agroforestry.

Holders of this certificate generally work as professional and consulting foresters, certified crop or horticulture advisors, extension agents, international development experts, soil and plant scientists, forestry and conservation science teachers and educators, and as forestry or soil and water conservation agents.

This online graduate certificate program is unique and fills a void worldwide. To the best of our knowledge, there are no similar programs in agroforestry elsewhere in the United States or abroad.


Courses listed below are each 3 credit hours

Agroforestry Fundamentals (required course, 3 credit hours)
Fall Spring Summer
F Sp Su
FOREST 4385 / 7385 Agroforestry Theory, Practice and Adoption X / X X/X  
Biophysical Foundation (choose two for 6 credit hours)
Fall Spring Summer
F Sp Su
FOREST 8385 Ecological Principles of Agroforestry   X  
ENVSCI 4396 / 7396 Agroforestry for Watershed Restoration X / X  
NATR 7325 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems     X
FOREST 4390 / 7390 Watershed Management and Water Quality X / X    
SOIL 4313 / 7313 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition   X/X  
FOREST 8000 Advanced Forest Quantitative Analysis      
Socioeconomic Foundation (choose one for 3 credit hours)
Fall Spring Summer
F Sp Su
FOREST 8401 Topics: Agroforestry Economics and Policy     X / X
NATR 4353 / 7353 Natural Resource Policy and Administration  



All of the online courses in this certificate, are semester-based. There is a specified start date and end date to the course, and assignments are due at specific times throughout the semester.

Fall semester typically runs from late August to mid-December; spring semester runs from late January to mid-May; and summer session is from early June through late July.

Taking an online course will enter you into a "virtual classroom," allowing interactive discussions with your instructor and classmates. It is important to access your online site on a regular basis to meet course requirements.

Graduate Certificate

With careful planning, this graduate certificate can be achieved over a period of one year. After you have completed 12 hours of course work in agroforestry, you will receive a certificate of accomplishment. "Graduate Certificate in Agroforestry" will be listed on your official MU transcript.

Master's Degree

These courses can be applied to or taken concurrently with the online Master of science in Natural Resources with a focus in agroforestry degree program.

Students may take up to six credit hours as a post-baccalaureate (formerly non-degree) while they are in the process of applying to the master's or certificate program. Taking classes as a post-bac does not guarantee admission.

A student pursuing the certificate may apply up to 12 of those credits toward the master's degree.

How To Apply

Admission criteria

Certificate program admission requirements will be the same as those for the Graduate School.

  • Upload unofficial transcripts when using the Graduate School's online application system.
  • A grade point average of B or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education for applicants with less than a master's degree.
  • Letters of recommendation (2)
  • Acceptable TOEFL or IELTS test scores (for non-native English speaking applicants only)
    • TOEFL minimums: 550 paper-based, 80 internet-based
    • IELTS minimum: 6.5 Academic score

GRE is not required.

Rolling admission.

Tuition and fees

Tuition for online graduate courses are charged at in-state rates. The course details page for each individual course you take will enumerate any additional fees. Tuition for undergraduate courses is dependent upon residency. For details about tuition and additional course fees, visit the Cashier's Office site.

Financial aid

Students admitted are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

Application instructions

Submit the Graduate School online application, unofficial transcripts and letters of recommendation to the Graduate School. (GRE scores are not required).

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