Graduate Certificate in Agroforestry

Agroforestry is intensive land-use management combining trees and/or shrubs with crops and/or livestock. It also has new market opportunities including: Sustainable agriculture, land stewardship, habitat for wildlife, improved water quality, and  diversified farm income.

This 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.


The online graduate certificate requires 12 credit hours to complete.

Core Courses9
FOREST 7385Agroforestry I: Theory, Practice and Adoption3
FOREST 8385Ecological Principles of Agroforestry3
FOREST 8395Agroforestry Economics and Policy3
Electives - choose one3
NAT_R 8485Advanced Horticultural Breeding3
NAT_R 8001Topics in Natural Resources (Silvopasture and Integrated Livestock Systems )3
NAT_R 8325Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
FOREST 7390Watershed Management and Water Quality3
NAT_R 8300Urban Biodiversity, Conservation, and Planning3
AG_ED_LD 8250Leadership Theory and Application3
PLNT_SCI 8001Topics (Advanced Medicinal Plant Science OR Commercial Use of Biodiversity)3

For information about certificate, contact:
Dr. Michael Gold,
School of Natural Resources
203 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO  65211 
(573) 882-7045