Graduate Certificate in Food and Agricultural Sustainability

As a leader in agricultural education, Delaware Valley University is uniquely qualified to offer a graduate certificate that infuses agricultural studies and food policy studies into one curriculum that centers on concepts of sustainability, equity and environmental impact. By looking at agriculture and food from a policy perspective, you will develop key perspectives that enable you to become change agents and advocates for more sustainable practices.

This certificate in Food and Agricultural Sustainability is a 12-credit certificate. All four courses will automatically transfer to the Master of Agribusiness Management or Master of Management and Organizational Leadership programs. 

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Tuition and Fees

Classes start in January, March, May, and July. 

Curriculum (12 Credits)

(2) Required Courses

  • Agriculture and Food Policies
  • American Public Policy

(2) Electives

  • Legal Issues Agriculture
  • Current Issues in Food and Agribusiness
  • Topics of International Food and Agribusiness
  • Writing and Communications for the Non-Profit, Private and Public Sector
  • Applied Decision Making Ag (requires pre-reqs)
  • Supply Chain Ag (required pre-req)
  • Globalization of Ag Market (requires pre-req)
  • Financial and Risk Management Ag (requires pre-req)
Course Descriptions

The objective of this course is to help managers of a firm develop effective solutions to obstacles posed by the economic and market environment based on both macro and microeconomic theory and concepts. It helps in formulating logical managerial decisions. The key of Managerial Economics is the micro-economic theory of the firm operating in a macroeconomic environment and will lessen the gap between economics in theory and economics in practice. This course will guide managers in making decisions relating to the firm’s customers, competitors, suppliers as well as relating to the internal functioning of a firm. It makes use of statistical and analytical tools to assess economic theories in solving practical business problems.

Effective management of the supply and logistics chain is one of the most crucial aspects of agribusiness management. This course will examine the importance of a well-functioning supply chain and its implications for product integrity and quality and profitability. Topics will include strategic design, risk identification and mitigation, and emerging issues in modern agribusiness supply chain management.

This course will provide a workable overview of the key legal and regulatory issues faced by managers in the food and agriculture industry. These include environmental issues covering land use and water, food safety, food labeling, animal welfare, implementation of the Farm Bill, crop protection, biotechnology and trade.

Taught by: Ms. EmmaRose Boyle, Esq. Associate, Food & Industry Group, Barley & Snyder

This course will focus on the development and implementation of agriculture policy in the U.S. and the relationship between food and agriculture policy with other public policies. Topics will include the design and structure of the Farm Bill and public policies related to domestic and international food security, nutrition, food safety, sustainability, and the environment. In particular, the course will look at past and present policy tools, levers, and/or mechanisms to align agricultural production and environmental outcomes. To navigate these landscapes, students will explore processes to create a food and agricultural system in which environmental stewardship and farmer profitability are complementary goals and not competing priorities. 

This course will provide managers with the analytical tools required to support real-life decision analysis. This will include a review of quantitative techniques in decision analysis. Topics will include set theory, distributions, application of matrix algebra to input-output analysis, elementary Markovian process, decision theory, risk and uncertainty, valuation criteria, decision trees, and game theory.


This course will cover the theoretical concepts underlying international trade in food and agricultural products as well as recent trends in agricultural trade. The course will cover topics such as exchange rates, trade agreements including USMCA, regional Integration, domestic trade policies, operations of international and regional institutions such as the WTO, IMF, World Bank and regional development banks. This will include the use and implications of tariffs and non-tariff barriers such as phyto-sanitary measures and trade disputes involving food and agriculture products as well as the interrelationship of trade policies with other national policy decisions including national security and diplomacy.

The use of agricultural technology presents opportunities and challenges for agribusiness managers. This course will provide students with the expertise required to identify and employ cutting edge agricultural technology so as to optimize production, maximize profitability, and reduce environmental impact.

Effective financial management is a key to profitability in agriculture. This course will build on undergraduate courses in finance to enhance skills in the financial management of agricultural enterprises. Topics will include the theory of financial management, capital allocation and the evaluation of capital investment, resource allocation, credit in agriculture, and risk management strategies. Basic financial analysis concepts (balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement) will be reviewed along with the use of essential financial ratios in evaluating economic performance and investment analysis. This course will build on and complement other courses in the program, notably the management of agricultural technology and applied decision analysis.