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Program Overview

The Certificate in Viticulture provides students with an excellent background in plant science along with the specific expertise and skills needed for careers in the rapidly expanding grape industry - supplying grapes for table, juice and wine making. This skill and expertise are in demand in Michigan and throughout North America and beyond. The combination of on-line viticulture courses delivered by experts from throughout the United States, hands-on experience at local vineyards, fresh markets, juice processors, packing plants and wineries and the fundamental plant science courses makes graduates in the Viticulture program in high demand. A certificate from MSU will provide an opportunity for individuals to secure additional credibility in their respective industry. MSU has the relationships with the industry and community colleges to address these needs.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will have the following general skills:

  • A basic understanding of technical math needed for budgeting, pesticide application, and business and technical operations in viticulture.
  • Written and verbal communication skills needed to: prepare and deliver presentations; create narratives for budgets, strategic and maintenance plans and management goals; communicate effectively with supervisors, employees and the public.
  • Computer skills to develop and maintain routine technical records and plans; office applications including but not limited to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; internet skills and social networking.

Some general knowledge of the wine and juice grape industry demonstrate professionalism and proficiency in oral and written communication skills. Students of this program will also receive extensive hands-on training and education through a required internship working with industry and specific labs and practicum in a variety of courses. This practical experience will further enhance the students ability to be prepared for the job market or to continue their education.

Career Outlook

Graduates will find employment in the following agriculture industries:

  • Vineyard owner
  • Vineyard manager
  • Vineyard nursery manager
  • Vineyard appraiser
  • Consultant
  • Viticulturist



  • AT 202Agricultural Regulations, Compliance and Safety3 Credits
  • AT 293Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology3 Credits
  • Additional course workComplete 30 credits of additional course work through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Northwestern Michigan College or an approved transferring institution. All course work must be approved by the program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology
  • CSS 126Introduction to Weed Management2 Credits
  • CSS 143Introduction to Soil Science2 Credits
  • ENT 110Applied Entomology of Economic Plants3 Credits
  • Elective courses Complete a minimum of 7 elective credits in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources or VESTA as approved by the program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology
  • HRT 231Clerkship in Grape Harvesting and Processing1 Credit
  • HRT 232Principles and Practices of Grape Production3 Credits
  • HRT 233Field Practices of Viticulture3 Credits
  • HRT 234Current Issues in Viticulture and Enology1 Credit
  • PLP 105Fundamentals of Applied Plant Pathology2 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed coursework

    Admission is based on: Academic performance in high school or previous colleges, work experience, organized school activities, community involvement and conduct, demonstrated interest in program of study.

  2. Previous work experience


  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Admission to the Institute of Agricultural Technology is based on several factors including the availability of space in your desired program of study. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Students planning to enroll at one of the community college partner locations must apply for admission to the MSU IAT and the community college.
  2. Submit your online IAT application and $65 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Send official transcript(s) for all educational institutions listed on your application for admission, including high school and college, by electronic document delivery to the MSU Office of Admissions through email at or an electronic delivery service such as Parchment, Docufide, Naviance, or E Scrip-Safe. Schools that do not have access to these services may send official paper documents via U.S. mail to the MSU Office of Admissions, Hannah Administration Building, 426 Auditorium Rd., Room 250, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-2604.
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Key Dates

Rolling applications. Students can start the program in any semester. We recommend applications are submitted at least one month prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing.

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $24,628
  • Total


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