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 Dowagiac, Muskegon, Scottsville, Sidney, Taylor, 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, MI

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.  Students will obtain a horticultural foundation in the production, selection, use, and management of ornamental plants. An outline of the required and elective courses can be found here: L&NM Program of Study

Fruit, Vegetable and Organic Horticulture Management

This program prepares students for a career in the fruit and vegetable industries. 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. An outline of the required and elective courses can be found here: FVOHM Program of Study

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

Dowagiac, 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

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.

Muskegon, MI

Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management

This certificate gives students an opportunity to gain experience in one of the nation’s most diverse fruit and vegetable producing regions.  With Michigan leading the nation in production of seven different fruits and vegetables, students have an opportunity to gain skills in this valuable industry.  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. With Michigan ranked as the 4th largest nursery state in the nation, management opportunities abound for students in this diverse 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.

For more information about programs at Muskegon Community College, contact Clarence Rudat or visit the MCC website.

Scottsville, 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.

For more information, contact Mark Garrison or visit the WSCC website.

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.

Taylor, MI

Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management

Urban agriculture and community food systems have become a way of life in Southeastern, Michigan. This certificate will prepare students for a career in fruit and vegetable production along with other allied horticultural positions in consulting and sales.  Graduates work in food crop industries; fruit and vegetable production; farmers’ markets; organic farms and community-supported agriculture programs; urban gardening and irrigation, installation and management. Classroom instruction and theory are combined with experience gained through field laboratories and a professional internship. Studies will include soil science, irrigation, pruning methods, entomology, plant pathology and regulation compliance and safety courses.  An outline of the program requirements can be found here: FVCM Program Outline

Landscape Management 

This certificate will prepare students for a dynamic career in the green industry. Graduates will have the opportunity of working with plants, people and the outdoors in Michigan’s $5.7 billion green industry. Several career pathways are available to work with landscapes, and public gardens and arboreta. Students will gain skills through traditional classroom experiences as well as hands on field laboratories and a professional internship. The curriculum begins with the understanding of plant growth, development and identification.  It will encompass the selection, use and management of landscape plants as well as proper installation and management practices.  An outline of the program requirements can be found here: LM Program Outline

For more information, contact Jackie Grow.

Traverse City, MI

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

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

MSU tuition rates apply to MSU courses. The off-campus partnership 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.

Click here for details on MSU tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology students are eligible for financial aid.  More details can be found here, and by meeting with your Program Coordinator. 

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.  The Department of Horticulture scholarship page is the perfect place to start your search for scholarship opportunities.

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You are encouraged to meet regularly with your Program Coordinator to plan courses and review your objectives.

Academic Standards

A passing grade must be earned in each required and elective course. You must maintain at least 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 and complete the on-line course requirements to satisfy the internship requirement.

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 weekly 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.