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agroforestry masters degree

Agroforestry, a farming system that integrates crops and/or livestock with trees and shrubs, is gaining recognition as an integral component of a multifunctional working landscape. While agroforestry has been gaining attention in the U.S. and worldwide, the need for trained professionals in agroforestry also has been expanding. The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri's new online master's degree program will help fill that void.

The MS with a emphasis in agroforestry curriculum is a 30-credit non-thesis degree through the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri with a 16-credit required core including a professional paper, optional 3-credit field internship and elective course work. The MS in natural resources with a emphasis in agroforestry is designed to be a flexible degree that can meet the advanced educational goals of a wide range of students. The program was developed to provide advanced study and experience in agroforestry and related fields that are not readily available at other colleges and universities in the U.S. or abroad.

This master's program is designed for professionals working in natural resources around the globe who already have an undergraduate degree in a related field. In addition, the online masters is open to all individuals holding accredited BS or BA degrees who wish to expand their breadth and depth of knowledge in the field of agroforestry.

After completing the online master's degree, graduates can expect to:

  • Possess the technical knowledge required to advise landowners, businesses and other organizations that seek to create multi-functional working landscapes to diversify products, markets and farm income; improve soil, water and air quality; sequester carbon; enhance and conserve land and water habitats for fish and habitat; and increase biodiversity.
  • Broaden career opportunities, successfully competing for both U.S. and international professional positions requiring an interdisciplinary master's degree.
  • Increase immediate and long-term earning potential.

Our faculty have many years of experience in teaching, research and extension/outreach in the U.S. and internationally and are recognized experts in their fields. The online degree is based in The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri, but is granted by the forestry department. The department is one of the leading educational institutions in the nation emphasizing an integrated approach to natural resource management.

First of its kind

This online master's degree program will be unique and fill a void across the globe. To the best of our knowledge, there are no similar comprehensive programs in agroforestry elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad. In contrast, many institutions offer a single agroforestry course.