M.Sc. On Campus

Sustainable Agriculture

Iowa State University

12 months
27380 USD/year
25684 USD/year
10140 USD/year
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The Sustainable Agriculture program at Iowa State University is designed to balance depth in disciplinary knowledge and perspectives with broader, systems-level thinking. It integrates technical and social sciences through a sequence of team-taught interdisciplinary core courses emphasizing higher-order critical thinking skills and active, collaborative approaches to learning.


About this Degree

The Sustainable Agriculture interdepartmental major is offered through faculty in 21 departments -- Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering; Agricultural Education and Studies; Agronomy; Animal Science; Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering; Community and Regional Planning; Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology; Economics; Entomology; Food Science and Human Nutrition; Horticulture; Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering; Journalism and Mass Communication; Landscape Architecture; Mechanical Engineering; Natural Resource Ecology and Management; Plant Pathology; Political Science; Sociology; World Languages and Cultures and Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine. Faculty in these departments cooperate to offer courses and direct research leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees with a major in Sustainable Agriculture.

Graduates of the program from Iowa State University will be able to design and manage agricultural systems that increase food security, enhance human communities, and protect environmental quality. Graduates of the program are qualified to work in a variety of settings, including university research, education, extension, agribusiness, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and farming.

Programme Structure


  • Agroecosystems Analysis
  • Integrated Crop and Livestock Production Systems
  • Ecologically Based Pest Management Strategies
  • Sociology of Food and Agricultural Systems
  • Strategies for Diversified Food and Farming Systems
  • Sociology of the Environment

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • A demonstrated record of achievement in one of the natural, social, or engineering sciences
  • A GRE score with a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 and a minimum analytical writing score of 3.5
  • International applicants: An English proficiency score of 88-IBT, 570-PBT, 6.5-IELTS, or 59-PTE

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13690 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    25684 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12842 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    10140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5070 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Ames

1158 - 1797 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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