The Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) offers innovative, educational programs that develop career-ready graduates through intensive, practical learning and skill enhancement in animal sciences, plant science and electrical technology.
All programs can be completed in two years, including a required professional internship experience. Programs are offered on Michigan State University’s (MSU’s) East Lansing campus and in partnership with several Michigan community colleges across the state. Graduates also have the option to continue their education by transferring into an MSU bachelor degree program.
Visit the Community College Partner page to learn which certificate programs are offered at that location.
The Agricultural Industries Certificate Program is for students who are interested in gaining in-depth agricultural industry and business knowledge to apply to their own operation or to launch a career in the industry.
The Agricultural Operations program provides students with a solid background in plant and soil science, precision agriculture, water management, entomology, plant pathology and business management.
The Dairy Program is designed to give students a basic foundation of knowledge and skills about dairy cows, the dairy industry, and dairy farming as a business which they can continue to build upon after graduation from the program.
The Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program provides students an opportunity to apply practical knowledge and training on the selection, use, and management of fruit and vegetable crops.
The Fruit, Vegetable, and Organic Horticulture Management program provides students an opportunity to gain the necessary skills for a successful career in the fruit and vegetable industries.
This certificate program is designed to allow students the opportunity to specialize in the area of horse management, such as horse farm management, feeding and nutrition, basic reproduction, horse behavior and more.
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 multi-billion dollar green industries.
The Livestock Industries certificate program is a three semester program designed to give students a professional advantage in the livestock production career field of their choice.
The certificate program in Turfgrass Management with a golf course emphasis is directed toward preparing students for a rewarding career as a golf course superintendent or other career options in the golf industry.