Seed Science and Technology, Seed Business Management Graduate Certificates

Program Summary
Tuition per Credit: $466

Two online STB graduate certificate programs are available: the Seed Science and Technology Certificate Program and the Seed Business Management Graduate Program.

Seed Science and Technology Certificate Program

Credits: 19

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The objective of this Seed Science and Technology Graduate Certificate is to provide graduate level study in the science and technology used in the seed industry. This certificate is oriented toward individuals with a business background who want to understand the technical side of their industry in more depth so they can better apply their knowledge, skills and experience. Seed science in this case includes not only the science associated with seed production and use, but also plant breeding and plant biotechnology. The course in Quality, Production and Research Management will address special aspects of operational management of the technical side of the business.

Areas of study include:
• Seed production and use
• Plant breeding
• Plant biotechnology

Seed Business Management Graduate Certificate Program

Credits: 16

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The objective of this Seed Business Management Graduate Certificate is to provide students with core graduate level management and leadership skills that will enable them to better serve seed and agricultural biotechnology businesses and regulatory agencies, their customers and their stakeholders, in an increasingly complex environment. In addition to mastery of the business analytical procedures, the students will learn how seed value is created and delivered in market economies, and how government regulation impacts the delivery of value to customers, the appropriate scope of effective regulation, and various ethical approaches to regulation.

Areas of study include:
• Business analysis skills
• Creation of seed value in market economies
• Evaluation of the impact of government regulation on the delivery of value to customers


Earning one of these certificates represents about half of the content of the Master of Science in Seed Technology and Business program. The certificate may be either the final objective of the student or an intermediate stop on his/her way to a master’s degree.

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