UVM’s 15-credit program is designed to examine potential pathways towards the sustainable transformation of our current agrifood system by integrating economic, social, and ecological perspectives.

Rooted in “Participatory Action Research” (PAR), our program guides students to identify key questions and practice new methods for integrating data from multiple perspectives (farmers, academics, activists, policymakers, etc.). This is used to both better understand agrifood system issues, as well as search for solutions that show real promise to help resolve issues on the ground.

The fully prescribed coursework consists of a 4-week course with the 4th week being a farm experience; three foundational online classes; and a final online capstone course, designed for the application of newly developed knowledge and skills in a culminating experience/project that addresses an agroecological topic relevant to the individual student. Based within the Plant and Soil Science Department at UVM, the program provides students access to UVM’s academic ecosystem and top experts in the field.

In this program, you will: 

  • Integrate ecological, social, and economic perspectives while investigating contemporary problems in our agrifood system
  • Be placed in yearly cohorts that build community and create functional networks among program participants
  • Live in your own food shed while learning lessons you can apply anywhere

Gain the knowledge you need to help improve farm productivity, ensure better livelihood for farmers, and reverse the trends of species loss, genetic erosion, and world hunger.


I intend to register for the full Certificate of Graduate Study in Agroecology, and:

  • I am CURRENTLY ENROLLED in a graduate program at the University of Vermont: click here!
    • If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Vermont, you will need to apply for the CGSA through the Graduate College. As a currently enrolled student, you will not need to submit an application fee, test scores or letters of recommendation.
    • When prompted to submit these materials, please reach out to the Graduate College at graduate.admissions@uvm.edu for waivers. Then complete the application as prompted.
  • I am NOT currently enrolled in a program at the University of Vermont: click here!
    • If you are applying for the CGSA as a non-UVM students, you will need to submit an application fee of $20, as well as letters of recommendation and other requested application materials. GRE scores are not needed to apply. Instructions for submitting the full CGSA application can be found on the Graduate College website.

I intend to take these courses à la carte:

  • Whether you have taken courses and/or completed a degree at the University of Vermont or if you’re just interested in a taking a few classes, please click here to preregister with the Department of Professional and Continuing Education.
  • Having completed any of the CGSA courses, you can decide to pursue a full Certificate. You will need to get in touch with the college of Graduate Studies to apply for the full Certificate—up to 6 credits can be transferred from à la carte study to a certificate program. As such, you will need to follow the above “Full Certificate” instructions before you enroll in your second CGSA course.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Agroecology is based within the Plant and Soil Science Department at UVM.