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.

Program Costs

  1. ISU Distance Graduate Tuition: $466/credit. The program has:
    • Twelve 3-credit courses
    • 3 credits of creative component
    • 1-credit practicum
  2. 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.

  3. 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):

  1. Tuition: $1,398
  2. Delivery Fee: $175
  3. Technology Fee: $46
  4. Total: $1,619

Are there scholarships?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. ISU’s College of Agriculture and the agronomy industry provide additional scholarship opportunities.