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Certificate of Graduate Study in Agroecology

Global weather patterns are shifting, millions are facing malnutrition and food insecurity, and earth's natural resources are stressed. How do we grow food in a way that sustains our people and our planet?

Agroecology offers crucial concepts and tools for farmers, academics, and other actors to transform food systems for sustainability and resilience.

Responding to an increasing demand for a deeper curriculum that focuses on all dimensions of agroecology, including its expressions as science, social movement and practice, UVM is pleased to offer its Certificate of Graduate Study in Agroecology (CGSA).

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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, policy makers, 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.

Our low-residency program is composed of 1 hybrid course, which includes both face-to-face and online delivery, 3 foundational online courses, and a final synthesis seminar course. The goal of the CGSA is to provide participants with graduate-level, conceptual and applied knowledge in agroecology.

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 livelihoods for farmers, and reverse the trends of species loss, genetic erosion, and world hunger.

Read Below for Different Certificate Options

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 apply fee 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 student, you will need to submit an application fee of $65, as well as letters of recommendation and other requested application materials. Instructions for submitting the full CGSA application s 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 University of Vermont or if you’re just interested in taking a few classes, please click here to pre-register with the department of Continuing and Distance 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 3 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.

I intend to take the summer course, PSS 311: Introduction to Agroecology, for non-credit:

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