Grassland Management

Grasslands (including rangelands, pasturelands, and haylands) are the principal land resource type in the Great Plains, comprising more than 50% of the land surface area. The major use of the region's grasslands is livestock grazing. The beef cattle industry is prominent in the Great Plains, making up more than 50% of the U.S. beef cow inventory.

Grasslands in the region are also critically important for providing wildlife habitat, recreation, high quality water and air, and other environmental services. Grasslands represent a fundamental resource of the region that determines the environmental and economic future of the Great Plains states.

An online Grassland Management certificate makes it possible to pursue the following careers:
  • Rangeland Management Specialist/Conservationist – government agencies
  • Land Steward – private organizations
  • Ranch Manager
  • Extension Educator
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Co-op Manager

The program is a 12-credit graduate certificate.

  • Grassland Fire Ecology (3 credits)
  • Grassland Monitoring and Assessment (2 credits)
  • Grassland Plant Identification (2 credits)
  • Grazing Ecology and Management (3 credits)
  • Principles of Forage Quality & Evaluation for Grazing Livestock (3 credits)
  • Watershed Management (3 credits)
  • Ecology of Invasive Species (3 credits)

Certificate titles vary by institution. Consult each institution for the certificate title as it will appear on the diploma.


Students select one university to be their "home institution", this is the university to which you apply, enroll and pay tuition. Students must meet the admissions requirements of the home institution. Contact the Campus Coordinator at the institution you wish to call "home" for more information.

Kansas State University Rachel Ohmes
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Diane Wasser
North Dakota State University Karen Murie
Oklahoma State University Mary Ellen Givens
South Dakota State University Theresa Ireland


Course Matrix

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Course Information

Information regarding program courses, including descriptions, contacts, and textbooks.

Learning Management Systems

Students use the Learning Mangaement System at the teaching university. Contact the campus coordinator for more information.

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University of Nebraska Blackboard to Canvas
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Oklahoma State University D2L
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Kansas State University
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
North Dakota State University
Oklahoma State University
South Dakota State University