Certificate in Swine Science (Great Plains IDEA)
Iowa State University

Program Details

The Certificate in Swine Science program is designed to ensure that the pork industry is led and managed by individuals who have broad educational and production experiences which have prepared them for these roles. The curriculum teaches scientific principles and management skills involved in pork production for an efficient and sustainable operation. 

This program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA); regionally accredited schools working in partnership to provide students with online opportunities. Students apply at their school of choice.

Participating schools include:

  • Iowa State University 
  • Kansas State University
  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  • South Dakota State University
  • University of Missouri-Columbia


Students will need to choose and apply at a single home university. Requirements may vary, but typically include:

  • Application form specific to the university
  • Official transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission