The Grassland Management certificate program at South Dakota State University  exists to help ranchers, consultants, educators and government agencies preserve this regional resource by preventing overgrazing, minimizing undesirable botanical composition shifts, improving grassland health and sustaining long-term productivity.
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Overview

Grasslands - including rangelands, pasturelands, and haylands - are the principal land resource type in the Great Plains, comprising more than 50% of the land surface area. Grasslands represent a fundamental resource of the region that determines the environmental and economic future of the Great Plains states.

Whether you want to enhance a major in ecology or agriculture with specialized courses or are a professional looking to advance in your career, the 12-credit Grassland Management certificate promises a foundational understanding of core concepts including: fire ecology, plant identification, forage quality, watershed management and the ecology of invasive species.

This Grassland Management certificate program at South Dakota State University is offered through AG*IDEA, an affiliate of the Great Plains IDEA. AG*IDEA courses are taught by experienced faculty members in agriculture disciplines.

Career

  • Rangeland Management Specialist
  • Land Steward
  • Ranch Manager
  • Extension Educator
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Co-op Manager

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • International students are eligible to participate in our fully online programs but must do so outside the U.S. due to visa regulations. In addition, students should apply at least 6 months before the application deadline for our fully online programs.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    12 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Grassland Monitor & Assessment 
  • Watershed Management 
  • Grassland Fire Ecology 
  • Ecology of Invasive Species 
  • Grassland Plant Identification 
  • Principles of Forage Quality 
  • Grazing Ecology and Management

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

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  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    500

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  • Minimum required score:

    44

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General Requirements

  • Completed Admissions Application (Location: Online)
  • $20.00 Application Fee
  • Official Report of ACT
  • High School Transcript(s)
  • Post-Secondary Transcripts (if applicable)

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • National

    351 USD/credit
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Funding

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