Viticulture at MSU IAT/Northwestern Michigan College

_DSC7928(1)Viticulture is grape production and vineyard management.  In response to an industry need for professionals with regional grape industry knowledge, the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology has partnered Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan to offer a Viticulture Certificate program.  Students can also choose to take online courses from the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance(VESTA).  This combined program will enable students to complete a Viticulture Certificate from the Institute of Agricultural Technology while working towards an Associate degree from NMC.

The Viticulture Certificate program provides students with a solid background in plant science along with specific expertise and skills needed for careers in the grape industry.  Students enrolled in the program will take courses related to plants, soils, pests, plant disease, pruning techniques, and vineyard management.  Michigan ranks in the top 5 nationally for grape production which are then used to make a variety of food products. 

Careers in Viticulture

Graduates will find employment in the following positions.

  • Vineyard owner
  • Vineyard manager
  • Vineyard nursery manager
  • Vineyard appraiser
  • Consultant
  • Viticulturist
  • Agricultural commodities broker. 

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To see a list of required courses for this certificate program in the MSU Academic Programs Catalog Viticulture.


This certificate program is only available at our partner location in Traverse City - Northwestern Michigan College.  For more information about this program contact the IAT/NMC Program Coordinator Dale Elshoff at or by phone 231-995-1719. 

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