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Viticulture

Agricultural Technology Certificate

Hybrid

Course Delivery

60

Total Credits

$24,628

Tuition

2 Years

Minimum Duration


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.

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

A Top-Ranked Education

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

 

Dorcia Chaison headshot

Dr. Dorcia Chaison

Interim Director, Institute of Agricultural Technology

 

Course Information

 

Required Core

AT 202 - Agricultural Regulations, Compliance and Safety (3 Credits)

AT 293 - Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology (3 Credits)

CSS 126 - Introduction to Weed Management (2 Credits)

CSS 143 - Introduction to Soil Science (2 Credits)

ENT 110 - Applied Entomology of Economic Plants (3 Credits)

HRT 231 - Clerkship in Grape Harvesting and Processing (1 Credit)

HRT 232 - Principles and Practices of Grape Production (3 Credits)

HRT 233 - Field Practices of Viticulture (3 Credits)

HRT 234 - Current Issues in Viticulture and Enology (1 Credit)

PLP 105 - Fundamentals of Applied Plant Pathology (2 Credits)

 

 

Electives

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

Additional course work
Complete 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

 

 

Admissions Requirements

 

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • Completed high school
  • Have a High school or other post-secondary gpa or life experience that indicates your ability to be successful. This is generally a 2.0, but maturity, work experience and life circumstances are considered.

To apply to this program: 

  • Submit your online IAT application and $65 non-refundable application fee.
  • 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 admis@msu.edu 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.
  • 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. 

Key Dates

Rolling Applications

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

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$24,628
$24,628

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

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.

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

A Top-Ranked Education

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

 

Dorcia Chaison headshot

Dr. Dorcia Chaison

Interim Director, Institute of Agricultural Technology

 

Course Information

 

Required Core

AT 202 - Agricultural Regulations, Compliance and Safety (3 Credits)

AT 293 - Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology (3 Credits)

CSS 126 - Introduction to Weed Management (2 Credits)

CSS 143 - Introduction to Soil Science (2 Credits)

ENT 110 - Applied Entomology of Economic Plants (3 Credits)

HRT 231 - Clerkship in Grape Harvesting and Processing (1 Credit)

HRT 232 - Principles and Practices of Grape Production (3 Credits)

HRT 233 - Field Practices of Viticulture (3 Credits)

HRT 234 - Current Issues in Viticulture and Enology (1 Credit)

PLP 105 - Fundamentals of Applied Plant Pathology (2 Credits)

 

 

Electives

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

Additional course work
Complete 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

 

 

Admissions Requirements

 

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • Completed high school
  • Have a High school or other post-secondary gpa or life experience that indicates your ability to be successful. This is generally a 2.0, but maturity, work experience and life circumstances are considered.

To apply to this program: 

  • Submit your online IAT application and $65 non-refundable application fee.
  • 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 admis@msu.edu 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.
  • 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. 

Key Dates

Rolling Applications

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

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$24,628
$24,628

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

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