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.

Tuition and Fees

  1. ISU Distance Graduate Tuition: $716/credit for 2023-2024 academic year. The program has:
    • Twelve 3-credit courses
    • 3 credits of creative component 
    • 1-credit practicum
    • No delivery fees
  2. ISU Technology Fees (Standard) depends on the number of credits/semester.
    • $78.50 if 4 credits or less (one MS course)
    • $117.75 if over 4 credits (2 MS courses)

Other Expenses

  • Textbook costs: these will vary. Some courses do not require texts, and some texts are used in more than one course
  • Travel to Ames and lodging expenses for 4 days for participation in Agronomy 594: Practicum in Agronomy. The program tries to cover in-class transportation and most meals during the practicum. 

Estimated total cost: students can expect to spend between $26,000 – $28,000 US Dollars for the program.

Cost Example (1 Course)

Students can expect the following breakdown on their ISU U-bill to take one course (in US Dollars):

  1. Tuition (3 credits): $2,148.00
  2. Technology Fee (less than 4 credits): $78.50
  3. Total: $2226.50

Cost Example (2 Courses)

  1. Tuition (6 credits): $4296.00
  2. Technology Fee (more than 4 credits): $117.75
  3. Total: $4,413.75
“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. ”