Grasslands Management
Certificate Degree: Graduate Certificate Program Type: Online Interest: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Program Type: International

Grasslands (including rangelands, pasturelands, and haylands) are the principal land resource type in the Great Plains, composing more than 50% of the land surface area. They represent a fundamental resource of the region that determines the environmental and economic future of the Great Plains states.

Grasslands need to be managed properly to ensure long-term:

  • productivity and maintenance
  • improved grassland diversity and health
  • minimization of undesirable botanical composition shifts
  • prevention of overgrazing

This certificate program will focus on the conservation, utilization, and sustainability of managed grassland systems. Some individuals may choose to use these courses to jump start into a Master of Science in Agronomy.

Tuition & Fees For Grasslands Management

Great Plains IDEA Program »

This program is part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA), a consortium of 11 universities offering fully online graduate programs. Each university brings a unique strength to the multi-institution academic programs.

  • You apply, and are admitted at one university. In this case the University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
  • enroll in your courses at UNL and other Great Plains IDEA member institutions; and,
  • graduate or receive a certificate from UNL.

View GPIDEA Grasslands Management information.

Certificate: Application & Admission

Program & Courses

You'll work with advisors to establish a plan of study for this 12 credit hour certificate. This approach helps you create a program of study that is most beneficial to you. With approval, coursework may be transferred in on a case-by-case basis.

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Transfer Credits

Each degree program within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major. In most instances, you will be requested to submit the respective course syllabus.

Transfer credit information for graduate degrees

Career Services

If you’re enrolled as a degree seeking student in a UNL program you’ll have access to the same career services as on-campus students. Don’t live in the immediate area? We’ll come to you by providing phone or Skype consultations.

After you graduate, the Nebraska Alumni Association will continue to help with resources and events for job seekers.

Survey Research & Trends in Agriculture

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13, projects a 10% increase between 2010 and 2020. The report states the following:

  • The most job growth over the next 10 years for agricultural and food scientists will be in private industry.
  • Job growth for food scientists and technologists is expected to be driven by the demand for new food products and food safety measures.
  • Food research is expected to increase because the public is more aware of nutrition, health, food safety, and the need to keep herd animals from getting infections.


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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