MS Agronomy Program Costs
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: $497/credit. The program has:
- Twelve 3-credit courses
- 3 credits of creative component (no delivery fees for creative component credits)
- 1-credit practicum
- Delivery fees: $200 for each course, including the practicum. This is charged by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for course delivery.
- ISU Technology Fees: depends on the number of credits/semester.
- $53.50 if 4 credits or less (one MS course)
- $50.25 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: $1,491
- Delivery Fee: $200
- Technology Fee: $53.50
- Total: $1,744.50
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.
“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. ”