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Ranch Management Graduate Certificate

Get the skills for effective ranch management

Advance your career. This certificate prepares you for sought-after management jobs in livestock operations.

Apply to this program through a central application. Review the sections below before you begin.

Why earn a graduate certificate in ranch management? 

  • Our courses build your livestock knowledge. Topics include animal management, feed production and finances.
  • As part of this program, you'll complete an internship. You can put your skills to use as a manager-in-training at a local operation, such as Journagan Ranch.

Federal financial aid pending

MSU's Title IV Federal Financial Aid, for this certificate, is pending final approval of application to Department of Education. Check with the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions.

Admission criteria

Students must be admitted into the certificate program.

Program requirements – 18 hours

Required courses:
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
AGR 796** Science Internship 3 hrs
AGP 670* Advanced Forage Crops 3 hrs
AGB 684* Advanced Farm Business Management 3 hrs

AGS 611* OR
AGS 716

Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism OR
Mammalian Reproductive Physiology

3 hrs
Select 2 courses from below:
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
AGS 752 Advanced Cow-calf Production 3 hrs
AGS 753 Advanced Stocker and Feedlot Cattle Production 3 hrs
AGS 712 Special Topics in Animal Science: Advanced Sheep and Goat Production 1-3 hrs
AGS 712 Special Topics in Animal Science: Advanced Dairy Cattle Production 1-3 hrs

* These courses are dual listed and may not be taken for graduate credit if they related undergraduate course (AGP 370, AGB 584, AGS 511) was taken. If this is the case, then other graduate level Plant Science, Agricultural Business, and Animal Science courses must be substituted.

**Students must complete an internship as a manger-in-training at Journagan Ranch or other suitable livestock operation where they complete a special project evaluating current and alternative practices to add value to the operation. Completion of a graduate certificate in Ranch Management prepares students for advanced placement in livestock management positions.

Completion requirements

Students must have an overall grade point average of 3.00 for completion of certificate program.