Distance students searching for graduate coursework in Agronomy now have a new option. The Agronomy Department at Iowa State University is now offering a Graduate Certificate Program in Agronomy.
The Graduate Certificate in Agronomy provides a mechanism for bestowing formal recognition of focused graduate study in a specialized area that is less comprehensive than required for a master's degree. This means that a graduate certificate requires fewer credits than a master’s degree, and there is no creative component or thesis requirement.
Due to the distance delivery, the certificate program allows students the flexibility to complete coursework in tandem with their personal commitments (family, professional, other). Course offerings do follow the ISU semester schedule and during any given semester course calendars identify due dates for graded work. Typically the expectation is that students will complete one lesson per week, with assignments, discussions and reflections due one day per week. Within that structure, students can decide how best to study when and where their schedule permits.
The total time required to complete the certificate is flexible, so most students enroll in one or two courses per semester while working full time.