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Urban Agriculture Graduate Certificate

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Certificate Overview Open Accordion

Earn your certificate in Urban Agriculture online

More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By midcentury, 2/3 of the world’s population will live in urban areas. All of them eat.

Study a systems approach to urban agriculture. Gain a holistic view of using urban space to grow fresh foods for quick access to urban populations.

Discover the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in and around cities. Learn the overall urban agriculture industry and its contributing systems – from designing green roofs to logistics and marketing. Apply what you learn to develop a new business or help grow an existing one.

Gain knowledge and expertise as you learn to:

  • Evaluate the scale and feasibility of urban and peri-urban food growing methods
  • Design a green roof from concept to project completion, including food production and maintenance
  • Grow your expertise in horticulture and human health, specifically in plant biology, food and medicinal crop production, human nutrition, and the treatment of chronic disease.

Expand your career opportunities

Urban Agriculture careers are expected to grow 6% in the next 10 years*. Turn your interest in landscaping, food, gardening, or hydroponics into a career.

Potential career opportunities include:

  • Restauranteur
  • Urban Agronomist
  • Urban Farmer
  • Grant Specialist in Urban Farming
  • Non-Profit Administrator for Food Insecurity
  • Urban Agriculture Food Consultant
  • Irrigation Specialist

Study online, on your time

Complete your coursework at times that are convenient for you with CSU’s flexible online learning format. Study at your pace to gain career-building skills that put you ahead of the competition.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

Faculty Open Accordion

Jennifer Bousselot

Jen teaches online courses in Horticultural Science, Native Plants in the Landscape, Horticulture Production and Management, Urban Horticulture, and Green Roof Culture. Her research is primarily in the area of green roofs, especially plant species, substrates, interactions with pollinators, and moisture deficit conditions. Jen also does research on native plants for use in the green industry, local foods, and agrivoltaics (growing food under solar panels on top of buildings). Watch her ‘TEDx talk’ on agrivoltaics.

Henry Thompson

Henry Thompson is a professor in the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department within CSU's College of Agricultural Sciences. His research interests include human nutrition and breast cancer prevention.

Curriculum Open Accordion

To earn this graduate certificate, you must complete all three required courses. Please note that you must be admitted into this program for the certificate to appear on your official University transcript.

Required Courses

Total Credits: 9

This certificate may have courses in common with other graduate certificates. A student may earn more than one certificate, but a given course may be counted only in one certificate.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semesterAugust 1
Spring semesterJanuary 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

  • This online graduate certificate requires that students have an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution.
  • Statement of purpose
    • Your purpose for pursuing graduate education and how it will contribute to your long-term goals and career plans.
    • Why you have selected Colorado State University as the place to pursue your graduate studies.
    • A description of teaching, research/creative, or other academic work you have engaged in relevant to the qualifications.

2 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete, and all required materials have been received.

  • Choose "Urban Agriculture (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

3 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary):
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

4 Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Program Details

9 credits
$634 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
Learn more about financial aid and scholarships Tuition/fees are just part of the cost to attend CSU. Learn more about the full Cost of Attendance
Certificate Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Urban Agriculture
Time Frame
Can be completed in less than a year
Admission Reqs.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution.

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