MS Agronomy Program Costs
“I did this because it was something I always wanted to do. I didn’t feel like I could just quit and go back to college professionally or financially. I don’t know how anyone could have a career and get their masters any other way. ”
As a distance program, the MS Agronomy program costs are different than on-campus programs. Some advantages include:
- Students can stay employed and have do not need to relocate.
- Distance students are assessed resident tuition regardless of their location.
- ISU Distance Graduate Tuition: $466/credit. The program has:
- Twelve 3-credit courses
- 3 credits of creative component
- 1-credit practicum
- Delivery fees: $175 for each 3-credit course. This is charged by the Agronomy department for online course delivery. This fee is pro-rated to $59 for the 1-credit practicum course.
- ISU Technology Fees: depends on the number of credits/semester.
- $46 if 4 credits or less (one MS course)
- $69 if over 4 credits (2 MS courses)
- Textbook costs: these will vary with the courses. Some courses do not require texts, and some texts are used in more than one course
- Travel and lodging expenses for participation in Agronomy 594: Practicum in Agronomy. The department tries to cover transportation and most meals during the practicum. Students are expected to cover transportation to and from Ames, as well as lodging.
- Totals: students can expect to spend between $20,000 – $22,000 US Dollars for the program.
Example of Costs
The following is the current cost to take one 3-credit course (in US Dollars):
- Tuition: $1,398
- Delivery Fee: $175
- Technology Fee: $46
- Total: $1,619
Are there scholarships?
- The Virgil K. Webster Graduate Scholarship is a scholarship designated specifically for MS Agronomy students. Students are informed by the MS Agronomy office when to apply.
- The Office of Financial Aid has a list of scholarship opportunities for graduate students. Students will be required to complete the FAFSA and then apply for the scholarship they are interested in.
- ISU’s College of Agriculture and the agronomy industry provide additional scholarship opportunities.