Initiate sustainable farming practices

Meredith Evans

Master of Science in Agroforestry `18

As a staff sergeant in the Air National Guard, Meredith Evans needed a flexible schedule when pursuing her master's online. She found that with the University of Missouri's cutting-edge agroforestry program.

Kelly McGowan

Master of Science in Agroforestry `17

The University of Missouri's online master's offered Kelly McGowan in-depth information about land use management. As a horticultural educator, she was able to apply the information immediately.

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The online master’s in agroforestry is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Successful completion of the program requires 30 credit hours of course work.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Core courses (16 credit hours)

FOREST 7385 Agroforestry I: Theory, Practice and Adoption
We highly recommended you take this course first.
FOREST 4385 Agroforestry I: Theory, Practice and AdoptionX  
FOREST 8385 Ecological Principles of Agroforestry X 
FOREST 8395 Agroforestry Economics and PolicyXX 
FOREST 8050 Research in Forestry (1-6 credit hours)
Professional paper
FOREST 9087 Seminar in Forestry (1 credit hour) X 

Electives (14 credit hours)

NAT_R 8325 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems X 
FOREST 7390 Watershed Management and Water QualityX  
FOREST 4390 Watershed Management and Water QualityXX 
FOREST 7301 Topics in Forestry   
ESC_PS 7170 Introduction to Applied StatisticsXXX
NAT_R 8300 Urban Biodiversity, Conservation, Planning
NAT_R 8024 Program Development and Evaluation in Informal SettingsXX 
AG_ED_LD 8250 Leadership Theory and ApplicationX  
BIOCHM 8120 Advanced Medicinal Plant ScienceX  
BIOCHM 8130 Commercial Use of Biodiversity   
AG_ED_LD 8540 Methods of Qualitative ResearchX  
AG_ED_LD 8510 Research Methods and DesignX  

Note For courses that require a course consent request form, please visit for permission.

Post-baccalaureate enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 6 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.


The program culminates in a professional paper (FOREST 8050), in which you will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competencies you have acquired through the course work.

The program also may require you to complete a 3-credit-hour field internship, the details of which you will develop in discussions with your adviser and master's committee.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • Completed baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
    • GRE scores are not required.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.

    If your application falls short of the above standards (e.g. your GPA is less than 3.0), the department may evaluate you individually.

  2. Mark your calendar

  3. We recommend you submit your application by the dates below.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall May 15 August
    Spring Oct. 15 January
    Summer March 15 June
  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • Statement of purpose describing your academic and career background and goals.
    • Résumé or CV.
    • Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. Ideally, one letter should be from a professor who can discuss your academic abilities, and one from an administrator or colleague who can describe your professional experience and potential. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
    • Sample publication (optional).
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Agroforestry/Natural Resources-Distance (MS)

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This program is administered by the Center for Agroforestry.

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