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.

Program Costs

  1. ISU Distance Graduate Tuition: $547/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: depends on the number of credits/semester.
    • $53.50 if 4 credits or less (one MS course)
    • $80.25 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 $20,000 – $23,000 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: $1,641
  2. Delivery Fee: $250 
  3. Technology Fee: $53.50
  4. Total: $1,944.50


“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. ”