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University of the District of Columbia

Applied Sciences: Urban Agriculture

The Urban Agriculture program connects the dots between locally grown food, nutritional health, and economic empowerment to make urban farming a successful business. The program offers students a chance to see sustainable research techniques applied in action, whether it be at the 143-acre Firebird Farm in Beltsville, Maryland, our 3-acre innovative mobile urban farm in Ward 7 of the District, or the 20,000 sq. ft. rooftop farm on the University’s Van Ness campus.

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree and a background in business, economics, planning, mathematics, science, or engineering are encouraged to apply to any of the PSM programs. In order to graduate, students must complete a minimum of 35 credit hours, which can be completed in one and a half years of full-time studies, depending on the degree focus area. The interdisciplinary nature of the programs provides not only deep knowledge of the physical, chemical, and biological sciences applicable to urban systems, but it also builds skills in environmental policy, communication, business management, project management, ethics, and leadership.

All three PSM degrees are applied and allow working professional to bring their own professional experience into the program to advance or to re-tool.

Delivery method

On campus

Contact information

Tolessa Deksissa Program Director 202.274.5273

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Initial PSM affiliation date


Next Affiliation Review Schedule and Status


Field of study

Agricultural Science/Food Science/Nutrition


Agriculture / Natural Resources Conservation

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