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Farm and Ranch Management


Programs in farm and ranch management prepare people to manage farms and ranches.

Farm and ranch management programs include topics such as:


In farm and ranch management programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Several community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in farm and ranch management. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study, or enter the work force.

A few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in farm and ranch management. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in some of the following subjects:

Most classes include hands-on experience at functioning ranches and farms. This includes summer work as well as courses conducted on-site.

Things to Know

Many programs are designed for farm and ranch owners who want to upgrade their professional skills. In some cases, programs require you to have professional farm or ranch management experience to be admitted.

For information about farm occupations, opportunities, and 4-H activities, contact your local county extension service office.


East Side Area

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Washington State University - Pullman (Everett)

West Side Area

Skagit Valley College