2-Year Institute of Agricultural Technology

Founded in 1894, the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) delivers innovative, educational programs 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, landscape, and plant production programs.  These programs are located in East Lansing, and/or in partnership with community colleges in Delta, Dowagiac, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, 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. 

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Certificate Programs Offered

East Lansing, Michigan

Landscape and Nursery Management

This program 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. Click here to view program requirements.

Fruit, Vegetable and Organic Horticulture Management

This program prepares students for a career in the fruit and vegetable industry. Classroom instruction and theory are combined with experience gained through field laboratories and a professional internship. Graduates work in food crop industries: fruit and vegetable production; farmers’ markets; organic farms and community-supported agriculture programs; urban gardening; irrigation, installation and managment; and botanical gardens.

Contact Marcus Duck for more information about the on-campus IAT programs at MSU.

Dowagiac, Michigan

Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management

This certificate prepares students to work in orchard and vegetable production settings along with other allied horticultural positions in consulting and sales. Students study soil science, irrigation, pruning methods, entomology and plant pathology along with regulations compliance and safety. Elective courses in tree fruits, small fruits and vegetable production along with greenhouse or organic farm management complete the certificate program.

Landscape Management

This certificate gives students an opportunity to gain the skills for a successful career in Michigan’s $5.7 billion green industry. Through field laboratories and a professional internship, the program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience. The program encompasses the selection, use and management of landscape plants. The curriculum begins with the understanding of plant growth, development and identification. Proper installation and management practices are also taught and applied.

Viticulture

This certificate program provides students with a solid background in plant science along with specific expertise and skills needed for careers in the grape industry.

For more information about programs at Southwestern Michigan College, contact Stacey Rocklin or visit https://www.swmich.edu/msu.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Landscape Management

This program 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. Click here to view program requirements

Contact Marcus Duck for more information about the Grand Rapids programs.

Programs in Sidney, MI

Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management

This certificate prepares students to work in orchard and vegetable production settings along with other allied horticultural positions in consulting and sales. Students study soil science, irrigation, pruning methods, entomology and plant pathology along with regulations compliance and safety. Elective courses in tree fruits, small fruits and vegetable production along with greenhouse or organic farm management complete the certificate program.

Landscape Management

Contact Merry Kim Meyers for more information about the programs in Sidney.

Traverse City, Michigan

Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management

This certificate prepares students for a career in fruit and vegetable production along with other allied horticultural positions in consulting and sales. Students study soil science, irrigation, pruning methods, entomology and plant pathology along with regulations compliance and safety. Elective courses in tree fruits, small fruits and vegetable production along with equipment operation, greenhouse or organic farm management complete the certificate program.

Landscape Management

This certificate gives students an opportunity to gain the skills for a successful career in Michigan’s $5.7 billion green industry. Through field laboratories and a professional internship, the program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience. The program encompasses the selection, use and management of landscape plants. The curriculum begins with the understanding of plant growth, development and identification. Proper installation and management practices are also taught and applied.

Viticulture

The Viticulture Certificate program provides students with training in grape production and vineyard management.  Through classroom instruction, field laboratories and a professional internship, students gain the experience necessary to pursue a career in Michigan’s $32 million grape and wine industry.

Follow the program links above or contact Brian Matchett for more information about IAT at Northwestern Michigan College.

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Applying to the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology

Complete an application for admission to the Institute of Agricultural Technology, including a $50 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 will advise you in choosing courses and making career decisions.

Please complete your MSU IAT application for admission by August 1 for fall semester or by December 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

Tuition

The off-campus programs require dual-enrollment. Students must be enrolled in both MSU‘s Institute of Agriculture Technology and the chosen partner institution. Tuition rates for partner institutions apply for their courses while MSU tuition rates apply to MSU courses.

Financial Aid

The MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology students are eligible for financial aid. Students are required to apply for financial aid through the institution that they will attend. 

Scholarships

Scholarships are provided by industry groups and individual business firms and are awarded to students who have demonstrated superior scholastic ability or an outstanding work record.

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A Program Coordinator is available at each involved institution.  Call or email the applicable coordinator to schedule an appointment. You are encouraged to meet regularly with an academic advisor to plan courses and review your objectives.

Academic Standards

A passing grade must be earned in each required and elective course. You’ll need to maintain a 2.0 overall grade point average in order to remain in good academic standing, and to graduate.

Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology (Industry Placement Training)

A professional internship is required. The internship places you in a professional learning environment that challenges your ability to combine book knowledge and “hands-on” mastery, and your interpersonal and professional skills. You’ll earn course credit for supervised on-the-job training. Employers are eager to hire MSU graduates, in part because of the field experience you’ll take to that first job. Internships are individualized, and are as diverse as our students. You’ll have flexibility in scheduling and employment options for your internship. You must enroll in AT-293, for at least three internship credits, but may enroll for up to six.

Generally, you’ll obtain your own internship employment and negotiate wages and work schedules. We require that both you and your employer complete a written agreement, outlining the terms of the internship employment and expectations. Then, you’ll report monthly to your Coordinator and receive regular feedback from your employer supervisor. You can expect a personal visit from your Coordinator during the time of your internship employment.