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: $605/credit. The program has:
    • Twelve 3-credit courses
    • 3 credits of creative component (no delivery fees for creative component credits)
    • 1-credit practicum
  2. Delivery fees: $250 for each course, including the practicum. This is charged by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for course delivery. 
  3. ISU Technology Fees (Standard) depends on the number of credits/semester.
    • $61.00 if 4 credits or less (one MS course)
    • $91.50 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 $25,000 – $27,000 US Dollars for the program.

Cost Example (1 Course)

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

  1. Tuition (3 credits): $1,815.00
  2. Delivery Fee : $250.00
  3. Technology Fee (less than 4 credits): $61.00
  4. Total: $2126.00

Cost Example (2 Courses)

  1. Tuition (6 credits): $3630.00
  2. Delivery Fee: $500
  3. Technology Fee (more than 4 credits): $91.50
  4. Total: $4,221.50
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