Data Driven Food, Energy, and Water Decision Making


There is a strong and growing need for practitioners who work in the agricultural, environmental, and industrial sectors within the Food, Energy, and Water Systems (FEWS) to have skills in data science. Increasingly, decision-making within these systems relies on understanding not only the context of FEWS, but how to use data to understand system behavior and opportunities for improvement. The graduate certificate aims to prepare M.S. and Ph.D. students for multiple career paths in the food-energy-water nexus, such as research scientist, bioeconomy entrepreneur, agribusiness leader, policymaker, agriculture analytics specialist, and professor, by credentialing their understanding of the FEWS nexus and their skills in quantitative analysis of complex systems. The graduate certificate consists of 13 credits across five courses – two core courses, plus one elective course within each of three focus areas. Coursework is designed to fit within the major program of study. For more information view the website

Contact: Sarah Ryan
Phone: 515-294-4347
E-mail Address:

Certificate Funding Options

This Certificate program does not currently qualify for Federal Financial Aid. The following funding options are available:


Application Deadlines: Rolling

Program Requires GRE: No

Program Requires GMAT : No

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
PTE 53
Duolingo 105

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS:No

Financial Statement: Application