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Become a Consultant in Regenerative Organic Agriculture

  • Learn how to regenerate soils, maximize water efficiency, and increase biodiversity throughout your landscape
  • Receive personalized mentorship from experts in the field of regenerative agriculture
  • Connect with farms across the US and beyond to further develop your skill sets

Degree requirements

sunflowerTo graduate with a Specialization in Regenerative Organic Agriculture, students must complete:

  • AG 300 Permaculture Design Certification (4 credits)
  • 28 additional credits from any AG-designated courses
  • required courses for the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences or any other bachelor’s degree program you choose.

Courses for this specialization may include:

Permaculture Design is an attempt to rethink and redesign every aspect of human endeavor in terms of sustainability. In this course, you will learn about the principles, ethics, and scientific reasoning that guides permaculture design, along with how to apply it to homes, cities, and natural landscapes. Students will engage with concepts and strategies for building soil health, maximizing water efficiency, and increasing biodiversity through integrated plant dynamics and agroforestry, along with participating in workshops related to mushroom cultivation and fermentation sciences. The course will culminate in a final comprehensive design project involving a real client, where you will work to perform site analysis and develop practical solutions for real-world design challenges. Upon successful completion of the course, students earn an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate.

Study the history of agriculture. This history is mostly a demonstration of organic methods. Modern chemical agriculture is only a recent development. We will explore the origins of agriculture from the evidence unearthed in the fields of archeology, religious study, and anthropology. Students will engage in case study of indigenous agriculture practices over the last thousands of years around the world, from all continents of the globe – illustrating there is nothing new under the sun. Students will be presented with the intellectual and practical prospect of learning from history what might be applied today in modern agriculture under the umbrella of regenerative organic agriculture.

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 a more comprehensive exploration of soils in Regenerative Organic Agriculture in higher-level courses.

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. (2 credits) Prerequisites: College-level introductory biology including basic plant structure and physiology, or consent by the program director.

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 the 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, the timing of crops, and more. We will also explore using structures and strategies for microclimate modification and season extension. (2 credits) Prerequisites: Consent by the instructor.

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.

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 the 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 a community’s complexity, the diversity and distributions of soil microbiomes, such as metagenomic and multi-omics approaches. Bio-remediation, inoculation, and other ways to regenerate soil communities in agroecosystems will be investigated.

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 the 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.

This course will focus on the global status of organic agriculture with respect to legal and organizational considerations in both the private and public sectors. Together, we will compare certification requirements around the world and look at the history of organic agriculture certification. We will review case study topics currently under debate in the public sector related to certification definitions and procedures.

Permaculture is a design science centered on whole system thinking. It is both a philosophical understanding of natural resource management and a body of practical techniques for sustainable, regenerative support of human life. Permaculture designs habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. It has many branches including ecological design, ecological engineering, regenerative design, environmental design, and construction. This course will introduce scientific and practical principles at the basis of Permaculture Design.

This course will present the application of economic principles to the field of regenerative organic agriculture. Agricultural economics is an applied field of economics concerned with the application of economic theory in optimizing the production and distribution of food and fiber. The course will study how agricultural economics influences food policy, agricultural policy, and environmental policy.

This course acts as an introduction to the principles and practices involved in regenerative agriculture with an emphasis on horticultural sciences. Students will learn basic botany related to plant physiology and seed production, along with strategies for farm layout, land preparation, crop rotation, and fertility management. By the end of this course, students will have the contextual knowledge and conceptual framework needed to understand the management strategies involved in regenerative farming.
The ability to analyze, build, and manage soil is a key component of Regenerative Agriculture. In this course, students will learn fundamental concepts in soil science relating to physical, chemical, and biological properties, along with instilling an awareness of soil as a natural basic resource. This class will involve fieldwork sessions where students gain experience in strategic garden bed preparation while developing technical skills for building soil fertility through the creation and application of compost, biochar, and other soil amendments.
This fieldwork course combines experiential learning in greenhouse management, transplanting, and field maintenance with an in-depth understanding of various vegetable crops produced throughout the farm season. Students will learn the unique characteristics and considerations associated with different vegetable crops, including growth patterns, propagation techniques, lifespan, specific pest and disease issues, and potential companion plants.
This fieldwork course continues with daily engagement in the farm’s operational activities and includes an emphasis on concepts related to plant maintenance, along with practical applications in pest and fertility management. Students will develop skill sets involving pest identification, disease management, and the ability to create biological remedies that promote plant health and pest resistance.
This fieldwork course emphasizes a practical understanding of the hydrological cycle with a strategic approach to water conservation, greywater systems, and methods for irrigation. Students will learn how to analyze a landscape to identify hydrological issues related to runoff, pollution, and improper drainage, along with implementing solutions that save water, improve percolation, and increase absorption.
Biodynamics is a unique, spirit-based approach to agriculture that was first developed by Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. In biodynamics, farmers are regarded as “cosmic artists” that use specific preps at various times throughout the year to reinvigorate the Earth and improve soil fertility and plant nutrition. This course will cover various lectures involved in Rudolf Steiner’s “Agriculture Course” and explain the philosophical principles that underlie Biodynamics, with an emphasis on how to create and utilize the preps and applications that represent the “life force” of biodynamic agriculture.
This course focuses on problem solving for farming in unique environments and explores the design, development, and economic considerations involved in urban production, cold-season extension, and winter preparation. Students will gain hands-on experience working on the farm while learning about the strategies involved in urban agriculture and season extension with a special focus on intensive small-scale production, farm infrastructure, and land acquisition.
Sustainable business management is an attempt to execute triple bottom line performance in business through social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and economic viability. In this course, students will develop an understanding of the basic concepts associated with aspects of business management including economics, operations, finance, and marketing. Students will explore issues related to sustainability and learn how to identify economic trends that influence general business strategy. The course will involve practical applications in performing cost analysis, financial modeling, digital marketing, lean management, and how to write a business plan.


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If you transfer in 60 or more credits, the degree can be completed in four semesters. (Transfer students can inquire with their admissions counselor to learn the exact number of credits needed to graduate.)

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Cost & aid for bachelor’s degree programs, 2022-23

Tuition is based on the total number of credits per semester – two semesters per year. Typically, enrollment is two courses at a time, 17 credits (full-time) or one course at a time, 9 credits (3/4 time)

US Online Undergraduate, ¾ time

The example below can vary by FAFSA analysis of independent student finances or dependent family finances.

Semester Cost and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition$4,800
Federal grants (maximum)-$2,550
Net cost per semester$2,250
Federal student loan-$2,550
Your payment$0

Additional Financial Aid Information

Federal grants are available for full-time and part-time students. The grants vary depending on income level as determined by the FAFSA, and by credit load per semester. Students in higher-income categories may not qualify for federal grants.
Many companies offer tuition assistance programs to their employees. If you’re currently employed, we encourage you to check on this. If they offer assistance, please contact MIU’s Financial Aid office.
Part-time online students benefit from a proportionately lower tuition than the full-time rate. For example, a half-time student’s tuition is less than half the full-time tuition. Because these discounts are included in the part-time tuition, an additional MIU scholarship isn’t available for part-time students.
Federal Student Loans have limits based on lifetime usage, annual limits, and limited to the educational costs for each semester. Here are the annual maximum limits:

  • $5,500 per year for first-year dependent
  • $6,500 per year for second-year dependent
  • $7,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year dependent
  • $9,500 per year for first-year independent
  • $10,500 per year for second-year independent
  • $12,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year independent
Federal Student Loan Repayment is postponed as long as you are enrolled at least half-time each semester. If your enrollment drops below half-time, you have a six-month grace period before repayment begins. There are also postponements for low income and unemployment, as well as repayment based on income and Public Service Forgiveness.

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. MIU is a Yellow Ribbon school. 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.

US Online Undergraduate, ½ time

The example below can vary by FAFSA analysis of independent student finances or dependent family finances.

Semester Cost and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition$2,700
Federal grants (maximum)-$1,700
Net cost per semester$1,000
Federal student loan-$1,000
Your payment$0

Additional Financial Aid Information

Federal grants are available for full-time and part-time students. The grants vary depending on income level as determined by the FAFSA, and by credit load per semester. Students in higher-income categories may not qualify for federal grants.
Many companies offer tuition assistance programs to their employees. If you’re currently employed, we encourage you to check on this. If they offer assistance, please contact MIU’s Financial Aid office.
Part-time online students benefit from a proportionately lower tuition than the full-time rate. For example, a half-time student’s tuition is less than half the full-time tuition. Because these discounts are included in the part-time tuition, an additional MIU scholarship isn’t available for part-time students.
Federal Student Loans have limits based on lifetime usage, annual limits, and limited to the educational costs for each semester. Here are the annual maximum limits:

  • $5,500 per year for first-year dependent
  • $6,500 per year for second-year dependent
  • $7,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year dependent
  • $9,500 per year for first-year independent
  • $10,500 per year for second-year independent
  • $12,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year independent
Federal Student Loan Repayment is postponed as long as you are enrolled at least half-time each semester. If your enrollment drops below half-time, you have a six-month grace period before repayment begins. There are also postponements for low income and unemployment, as well as repayment based on income and Public Service Forgiveness.

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. MIU is a Yellow Ribbon school. 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.

US Online Undergraduate, less than ½ time (4 credits)

Cost– less than ½ time
Tuition$2,000
Federal grants (maximum)-$850
Net cost$1,150
Federal student loans (not available)0
Your payment$1,150

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.

Annual Cost and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition and fees$16,530
Housing (single room) and meals$7,400
Health insurance (estimate)$3,506
Personal expenses, books, unexpected needs (estimate)$3,500
Cost Per Year$30,936

Full-time students may apply for up to $6,000 scholarship based on qualifying documented family income. Our undergraduate scholarship application form will be made available to you upon application to the university.


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

International Online Undergraduate

Typically, online enrollment is two courses at a time (17 credits) or one course at a time (9 credits), per semester (two semesters per year).

Tuition per Semester
Full-time (12 or more credits)$8,000
¾ time (9-11 credits)$4,800
½ time (6-8 credits)$2,700
Less than 6 credits$500 per credit


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

(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 ➡︎
  • Allan Savory — one of the founders of the Savory Institute and developer of the Holistic Management framework to address the cause of global desertification and climate change Watch ➡︎
  • Dr. Roland Bunch — one of the most well-respected leaders in regenerative land management 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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