The UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture is the only major university in the U.S. offering online degree programs in Sustainable Food and Farming.  Students may take individual classes or earn credit toward the following credentials:

  1. 15-credit Certificate (since 2014)
  2. 60-credit Associate of Science (since 2017)
  3. 120-credit Bachelor of Science (since 2018)

1.    Our 15-credit Certificate in Sustainable Food and Farming is designed for:

  • adults looking to make a career change,
  • returning Veterans,
  • high school grads not yet ready to go to college fulltime, and
  • individuals pursuing a lifelong interest related to food, farming, homesteading or gardening.

The online certificate program has been particularly attractive to the fastest growing farm demographic in New England, farms managed by women.  In addition, mid-career professionals have been attracted to this option as a means of exploring a career change or potential retirement project.  Classes are offered spring and fall semesters as well as winter and summer terms.  More information here.

 

2. The Associate of Sciences degree in Sustainable Food and Farming is designed for:

..those who wish to explore careers in sustainable agriculture but are not able to take classes on campus.  The major offers flexibility in designing a personal program of study, allowing students to focus on production and marketing, agricultural education, and/or public policy, advocacy and community development.  Students are not required to complete the degree in a set period of time or register for a set number of courses per semester.

Students are admitted based on their academic record, related experiences, and personal/professional goals.  The minimum high school GPA required for admission is 2.0/4.0 scale, recalculated based on the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education standards, which includes grades in English, math, social science, natural science, foreign language, and appropriate elective courses only.  Students are expected to have the required number and kind of academic units designated by the Mass Department of Higher Education. See Appendix III for requirements. More information here. 

 

3. The online Bachelor of Sciences degree in Sustainable Food and Farming is designed for:

…those who are intrigued by sustainable agriculture and possible careers in this field.  The major offers flexibility in designing a personal program of study, allowing students to focus on vegetable, fruit and animal systems, permaculture, whole farm production and marketing, agricultural education, public policy, advocacy, community development and more.  The self-designed, hands-on internship is an enjoyable experiential component of this program that is optional, but highly recommended.

120 credits are required to complete the degree.  There are 45 credits of University general education requirements, 26-31 credits of core required classes, 24 agricultural science credits and 20 professional elective credits, including internship credits if the student chooses.  More information here.

 

Our Online Courses

All classes are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.  For the schedule of classes, see: 

Tentative Schedule for Online Classes

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