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Join the first master’s program dedicated 100% to regenerative organic agriculture

Our MS in Regenerative Organic Agriculture highlights best industry practices to cultivate an ethical relationship with the world’s natural resources to support greater resiliency in our environment and economy.

Add value to your career and community

Be a part of restoring balance back to our soils, our environments, and our food, feed, and fiber chains! Whatever your background, you can become a professional in agribusiness, farmer, educator, or consultant, by gaining a strong foundation in the principles and practices of regenerative organic agriculture.


What is regenerative agriculture?

Regenerative agriculture is a systems-based approach to agriculture that leverages natural ecology to build soil, improve water efficiency, and increase biodiversity while emphasizing healthy food, feed, and fiber as the foundation of a strong community.

More than a mere alternative strategy, regenerative agriculture represents a fundamental shift in our culture’s relationship to nature.-Charles Eisenstein

The history of organic agriculture at MIU


Fully online, 16-month program

Flexible, affordable, online program designed for working adults. The MS-ROA program is delivered part-time over three semesters and one summer – offering a convenient option for individuals looking for career development while juggling a career, family, or other commitments.


Self-discovery

You’ll learn the Transcendental Meditation® technique, an evidence-based technique that enhances clear thinking, reduces stress, and promotes creativity. In addition, our unique system of Consciousness-BasedSM education will help you to connect everything you’re learning to who you are at your core.


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Sunita Martin, admissions counselorSunita Martin is this program’s admissions counselor for US students. Sunita will provide you with all the details of becoming a student, including connecting you with program faculty when you have questions.

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International applicants may connect with us through our international inquiry form.

Courses may include:

    Soil Science covers the basics of soil physical and chemical properties, and how biological elements in the soil are influenced by and exert influences on those physical and chemical properties. However, the primary focus will be on the inherent properties of soils arising from their mineral content and physical constituents, as a foundation for more comprehensive exploration of soils in regenerative organic agriculture in higher-level courses. Prerequisites: 60 college credit hours plus college-level courses in chemistry and mathematics desired.
    An introduction to the basic principles of crop production and best management practices (BMPs) in Regenerative Organic Agriculture will consist of studying the biology of crop species, their growth requirements and the soil management needed to achieve those requirements. After that we go into cropping systems and practices, the essential types of machinery used for each crop species, tillage, fertility management, weed control, crop rotations, and control of pests and diseases. Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to increase efficiency and productivity in the organic production context, while maintaining and improving soil quality. Prerequisites: 60 college credit hours plus college-level introductory biology including basic plant structure and physiology desired.
    This course is an exploration of the issues and regenerative solutions for growing horticultural crops. The emphasis will be on vegetables, but the principles are also relevant to fruits, herbs, and ornamentals. We will study growth and production of horticultural crops in the context of their environment. This includes the interaction of crops with both the abiotic and biotic environment. The abiotic environment includes soil structure and mineral nutrition, climate and weather, light, air, and water. The biotic environment includes soil organisms; insects, both beneficial and pests; and microorganisms, both beneficial and those that cause disease. Throughout the course we will consider ways to manage crops and their environment in ways that maximize crop health and productivity while enriching the soil, increasing biodiversity, and sequestering carbon. This will include general crop strategies, such as succession planting, cover cropping, intercropping, mulches, timing of crops and more. We will also explore using structures and strategies for microclimate modification and season extension. Prerequisites: 60 college credit hours.
    This core course will offer a comprehensive review of the rules and regulations related to the certification of organic production of agriculture commodities, the handling of such commodities from farm to consumer and the rules which govern the processing and labeling of any such commodities as added value food, fiber, or feed end-products. Prerequisites: 60 college credit hours.
    This core course introduces basic principles and statistical applications fundamental to understanding and conducting research on regenerative organic agriculture. This course will introduce and provide practice with 1) formulating hypotheses and designing experiments to confirm or refute them, 2) avoiding pitfalls when producing data, 3) exploring data, 4) fitting models to data – choosing an appropriate data distribution, analyzing data using Excel and either R or SPSS, 5) inference – test of significance, choice of tests, parametric vs non-parametric tests 6) general linear models – ANOVA (analysis of variance), regression, and 7) drawing valid conclusions.
    This capstone course is the applied research component of the degree and will permit many approaches to the intellectual exercise of applying the principles of regenerative agriculture under research settings. Approaches may include, but are not limited to, critique on literature reviews; collecting published data on a selected topic, synthesize of the collected data, reporting and presentation; design and execution of on-the-job agronomic lab or field projects involving environmental sample collection, analyses, data synthesis, report-writing, and presentation, etc. Research may be conducted on the MIU campus or at a location of the student’s choosing. The course not only introduces how agronomic research is done but empowers students in critical thinking to prepare them for research projects in their careers.
    This course introduces to the student the concept of systems of agriculture. In particular, the broadly defined system labeled as regenerative will be discussed. The course includes a rigorous discussion about what is regenerative and what is not regenerative within a farming system. The students are invited as a part of this course to participate in the evolution of definition on what is regenerative by nature within a farming system. This will include the consideration of what is regenerative with respect to crops, animals, soils, and whole ecosystems. This course will look at farming systems around the world as examples of regenerative applications in farming.
    Agroforestry is a form of agriculture that utilizes trees to enhance landscape productivity and resilience, thereby contributing to the sustainable production of food, wood, medicinal, and other industrial raw materials. This land use management technique improves agroecology of landscapes and enhances the livelihood of people. Agroecology encompasses diverse applications such as improved soil fertility and carbon cycle, water retention of soils, protection from pests and diseases, protection of soils from water and wind erosion, etc. Students will learn about the principles, classifications, and practical applications of agroforestry systems in agricultural production and environmental management.
    Growing medicinal and culinary herbs is a specialization of horticulture. Gain knowledge of various temperate and tropical medicinal herbs, cultivation practices, and traditional utilization. The course covers: 1) Introduction and ethnobotany of herbs, such as aloe vera, basil, chamomile, chives, lemongrass, mints, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, nettle, and yarrow, along with some tropical herbs like ginger, turmeric, amla, pepper, and ashwagandha. 2) Chemical composition of herbs. 3) Cultivation practices, including nursery techniques, soil and climatic requirements, methods and seasonal planting of herbs, maintenance, and sustainable harvesting practices. Prerequisites: 60 college credit hours plus previous course in botany/chemistry desired.
    Post-harvest processing, extraction, value addition, and quality control procedures of medicinal herbs. This course is an extension of AG 540A Cultivation & Utilization of Medicinal Herbs. The course covers: 1) Post-harvest processing of herbs – minimal processing, methods of drying, dehydration, and storage temperature and conditions. 2) Methods of extraction of herbs, including fresh- and dry- maceration, decoction, and fermentation. 3) Value addition to the herbs, including herb formulation – herb mixes, essential oils, face creams, herb syrups, etc. – and pesticide formulation. 4) Assessing identity and purity of herbs based on quality control procedures, such as Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), and Good Sourcing Practice (GSP), to be followed during cultivation and processing.
    This course will focus on the comprehensive study of soil biology with an emphasis on soil microbiology. The microcosm of the soil has outward effects on the macrocosm of the agro-ecosystem.  

    In regenerative organic agriculture, establishing and maintaining healthy biology in the soil is a critical component in farm management. Plant health depends on soil health. The foundation for maintenance of healthy soil is knowledge of the composition and dynamics of soil organisms. From the agricultural perspective, this knowledge is applied in management practices that enhance a diverse and balanced soil biota.

    We will study how plants interact with the soil life from the level of root colonization with beneficial organisms, to how plants support diverse microbial partnerships in the rooting zone, and outwards to the ways macroscopic soil organisms affect the plant-microbial system. We will introduce some methods for studying community complexity, diversity, and distributions of soil microbiomes, such as metagenomic and multi-omics approaches. Bioremediation, inoculation, and other ways to regenerate soil communities in agro-ecosystems will be investigated. Prerequisites: 60 college credit hours plus general biology, ecology, and microbiology desired.

    This course is an extension of the core course on horticultural science. In this course the student will study the organic cultivation of fruits and vegetables. The course will include an in-depth study of organic management of the problems common to this production, including prevention and control of disease and insect problems, soil preparation, bedding systems, mulching systems, irrigation systems, greenhouse production systems, storage, transporting and marketing of organic fresh produce and other topics pertinent to the horticultural field. Composting raw organic materials will be discussed as an input for supporting crop production.


To graduate, students must also satisfy the general requirements for a master’s degree

Featured faculty

Jodi Hill

Jodi Hill

Jodi Hill

Jodi Hill is the co-director of the MS in Regenerative Organic Agriculture and has over a decade of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in forestry, agriculture, and environmental science. Jodi specializes in agroforestry and has a BSAG in animal science, an MS in agriculture with an emphasis on beef cattle nutrition and forages, and a Ph.D. in forestry with an emphasis on silvopasture. Jodi recognizes that each student is unique and brings valuable experience, knowledge, and insight to the learning process and that learning is dynamic and responsive between student and teacher.

In life, Jodi is driven by the basic assumption that roadblocks are only detours, and they are almost always a figment of the mind that can be overcome. Jodi enjoys many hobbies and interests including gardening, farming, hiking, camping, reading, and just about any kind of history; however, her number one passion is anything related to horses.

Cost & Aid, 2024-25

US MS in Regenerative Organic Agriculture

This estimate is for the program cost (3 semesters plus one summer) based on the current year rate but crosses multiple academic years subject to rate changes in the future year, as well as potential variations in academic credit or length of pursuit.

Program Cost (1½ years)
Tuition and fees$14,285
Federal student loans–$14,285
Your payment$0
Optional: additional low-interest federal loans?-$10,000

Additional Financial Aid Information

$10,000 per year in optional federal student loans are available toward living expenses.
Your FAFSA automatically qualifies you for the majority of federal student loans for this program. The remaining portion is composed of Federal Graduate PLUS loans which require “no adverse credit” or an endorser. Repayment begins after your enrollment ends.

There are a variety of money-saving tax benefits to assist in reducing the cost of education expenses. More about education tax benefits.
Veterans should contact the VA for information on Veterans Education Benefits. Veterans eligible for BAH monthly benefits: The VA utilizes a scale of credits per block of courses; therefore, the VA sometimes pays part-time benefits for an individual month while the university delivers full-time federal aid for an entire semester. Our Veterans Certifying Official is our Director of Financial Aid.

Loan Repayment Options

Payments are a fixed amount that ensures your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
Payments may be fixed or graduated and will ensure that your loans are paid off within 25 years.
Payments are lower at first and then increase, usually every two years, and are for an amount that will ensure your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
Your monthly payments will be either 10 or 15 percent of discretionary income (depending on when you received your first loans), but never more than you would have paid under the 10-year Standard Repayment Plan.
Payments are recalculated each year and are based on your updated income, family size, and the total amount of your Direct Loans. Any outstanding balance will be forgiven if you haven’t repaid your loan in full after 25 years.
Your monthly payment is based on annual income, but your loan will be paid in full within 15 years.

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date. For more information, contact us at finaid@miu.edu for a quick reply — normally one business day — or see more about financial aid.

International Online MS in Regenerative Organic Agriculture

This estimate is for the program cost (3 semesters plus one summer) based on the current year rate but crosses multiple academic years subject to rate changes in the future year, as well as potential variations in academic credit or length of pursuit.

Program Cost (1½ years)
Tuition and fees$14,285
Your payment$14,285

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date.

Entrance requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any field
  • Apply for admissionApply for admission
  • Completion of the MIU admissions process, including submitting official transcripts, a recommendation, all materials, and an interview

English language verification

International applicants must submit official English proficiency test scores within the past 2 years of at least 110 on Duolingo, 6.5 on IELTS Academic, 90 on TOEFL iBT or 58 on PTE.

Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique

Before your first class

All MIU students practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique. If you have not learned it yet:

  • Once accepted as a US student, the cost of TM instruction is covered through a grant offered by MIU
  • Students are required to learn the TM technique before starting the first class
  • Contact your admissions counselor for details
  • Find information on the TM technique or search for a TM teacher at TM.org

(R)evolution webinar series

Deep conversations with leaders regenerating the world

In these twice-monthly conversations, we speak with some of the leading figures in creating a healthy, safe, thriving, and socially just world. We learn about their work, and we ask them: What needs to change, at the deepest level, to bring about the transformations we need?

Speakers have included:

  • Dr. Rattan Lal — the first researcher to demonstrate that regenerative agriculture can address the climate crisis and other major global challenges; winner of the 2020 World Food Prize Watch ➡︎
  • Temple Grandin — world-renowned expert in animal welfare and autism. Watch ➡︎
  • Dr. Tim LaSalle — past CEO of the Rodale Institute and a global champion of regenerative agriculture. Watch ➡︎
  • Alex Pryor — co-founded Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products in 1996, a major beverage company based on yerba mate tea that is devoted to regenerative agriculture. Watch ➡︎

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