2-Year Institute of Agricultural Technology Certificate Programs

Founded in 1894, the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) delivers innovative, educational  Test Descriptionprograms that develop career-ready graduates through intensive, practical learning and skill enhancement. The IAT offers Certificate programs in many areas of expertise including multiple fruit, vegetable, organic, and green industry related programs.  These programs are located in East Lansing, and/or in partnership with community colleges in Delta, Dowagiac, Grand Rapids, Sidney, and Traverse City.  The IAT seeks to prepare students for dynamic careers in a changing world. It's Certificate programs vary in length (3 to 4 semesters), and are highly respected across Michigan and nationally.


Programs Offered

Landscape & Nursery Management Program in East Lansing

The Landscape and Nursery Management Program at Michigan State University offers those students interested in working with plants, people, and in the outdoors, specialized training to pursue a career in the green industry. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through field laboratories and a professional internship.  This program encompasses the production, selection, use, and management of ornamental plants.

Learn more about the Landscape & Nursery Management Program in East Lansing, Michigan.

Landscape & Lawn Management Program in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College

The Landscape and Lawn Management program in Grand Rapids allows you to combine horticulture courses with business courses and simultaneously earn both a MSU Certificate and a GRCC Associate degree. The program also provides a  focused curriculum in the plant sciences area, along with a business emphasis. In the landscape and nursery industry, many employers and alumni testify to the significance of sound business knowledge in managing their companies. This program brings MSU courses to you without the need for commuting to East Lansing.

Learn more about the Landscape and Lawn Management Program in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Applied Plant Science Program in Traverse City, Michigan

The Applied Plant Science program includes course work taught by faculty members from MSU along with one of our partners, Northwestern Michigan College, West Shore Community College, Kirtland Community College, and North Central Michigan College. The Applied Plant Science program combines MSU courses, with community college courses. Students may simultaneously earn both an MSU Certificate and a community college Associate degree.  Also, it brings MSU courses to you without the need move to East Lansing.

Learn more about the Applied Plant Science Program in Traverse City, Michigan.

MSU Ag Tech Students planting trees

Applying to the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology

Complete an application for admission to the Institute of Agricultural Technology, including a $35 application fee, and mail it to the East Lansing address on the form. You'll also have to contact your high school and/or other post-secondary institution to request they send an official transcript to MSU. You'll receive a student number so you can register for classes on-line. And remember, you'll have the assistance of an academic advisor from MSU who is a professional horticulturist and can advise you in choosing courses and making career decisions.

Please complete your MSU IAT application for admission by July 1 for fall semester or by November 1 for spring semester admission.  Students who wish to apply after the deadline should contact the program coordinator directly.

Click here for the IAT Application.

Contact Information:

A photo of Marcus Duck - Landscape and Lawn Management Program CoordinatorMarcus Duck
Landscape Programs Coordinator
A240-D Plant & Soil Sciences Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1325
Phone: (517) 355-5191 x 1351
Fax: (517) 353-0890