Students in IAD Graduate Group represent a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds and bring unique interdisciplinary interests to the program. Read what recent students have to say about the program and why they chose UC Davis to study International Agricultural Development.
In IAD, I could bring together all the issues I most want to work to address: poverty, food security, biodiversity and other environmental services in an international setting. UC Davis offered the opportunity to shape my own program while having access to an incredible depth of subject offerings.
-Mica Bennett, from Davis, CA
Area of Emphasis: Biodiversity and Sustainable Agricultural Development
The IAD program at UC Davis is an excellent alternative for professionals who want to compliment and enhance their skills in aspects related to development as a whole concept, especially focused through the lens of Agriculture.
-Carolina Restrepo, from Manizales, Colombia
Area of Emphasis: Agriculture Trade Policy
The UC Davis program seemed the only one with a broad-based international development program that focused on agriculture. It also offered me the opportunity to concomitantly pursue an agricultural economics degree. Being in northern California, in heart of such abundant and progressive agricultural activity was certainly a consideration as well!
-Areille Moinester, from Memphis, TM
Area of Emphasis: Agricultural and Resource Economics
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I chose the IAD program at UC Davis specifically to gain a better understanding of the effects of global changes in communication and technology on agriculture, to learn tools to implement effective change, and to work toward development of sustainable production of food able to feed a growing population.
-Kim Steinman, from California
Area of Emphasis: Economic Assessment of Alternative Agricultural Production Methods
UC Davis is one of the few schools in the country that offers both a Biological and Agricultural Engineering program and an International Agricultural Development Masters program. It is well respected as agricultural research university and offers excellent financial support for graduate study. In particular, the engineering department is well connected with both the private and public sector in California.
-Josh Rapport, from Ukiah, CA
Area of Emphasis: Wastewater Management for Energy Production
IAD offers students the opportunity to examine food systems in a multi-disciplinary way, and attracts students with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. I’ve appreciated the chance to look at food systems from both social and natural science perspectives, and from the viewpoint of production and consumption. In addition, California and UC Davis are great places to be to study agricultural issues.
-Cathy Wirth, from Amherst, MA
Area of Emphasis: Community Development and Food Security
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I really appreciate the flexibility that this degree program offered me at such a world class agricultural university like UC Davis. I was able to take classes in multiple departments that were all relevant to my area of emphasis and specific interests.
-Kraig Kraft, from Albuquerque, NM
Area of Emphasis: Agroecology
UC Davis’ IAD Masters program offered interdisciplinary opportunities most appropriate to encompass all my interests and has the best available courses to prepare me for field work in the social and cultural impacts of agricultural development in the US and internationally.
-Catherine Dilley, from Fremont, NE
Area of Emphasis: Agriculture & Community Development
The IAD program at UC Davis is uniquely situated on a campus with an amazing number of academic resources – I was able to take courses relevant to my area of interest in both the medical school, the school of veterinary medicine, and throughout various departments that might not otherwise have been directly associated with International Agricultural Development programs at other institutions.
-Heather Zornetzer, from Bethesda, MD
Area of Emphasis: Rural Community Health and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
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