Graduate Certificate in Beekeeping

Program Overview 

The online Graduate Certificate in Beekeeping is composed of 15 credits. Required courses featuring coursework in entomology and beekeeping account for 9 of these credits. The remaining 6 credits can be completed through a diverse array of elective courses in beekeeping and other related courses, including Graduate Survey of Entomology, Insect Toxicology and Ecology and Conservation of Pollinators. See the Graduate Certificate Guidelines for more information.  

Online Labs  

All of our courses with lab requirements can be completed entirely online. If a course requires you to collect insects, you can either purchase a kit with basic supplies or make one at home from regular household items with our provided instructions. Labs involving online simulations use free online software. No travel required! 

What You Can Expect to Learn 

The online Graduate Certificate in Beekeeping program provides students with foundational knowledge of the craft of apiculture in preparation for careers in beekeeping. Not to be confused with the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab’s Master Beekeeper Program, which is intended to mentor new beekeepers, the online Graduate Certificate in Beekeeping program offers a more formal training in beekeeping, giving hobbyists and professionals the opportunity to pursue a prestigious graduate credential while learning about apiculture theory, honey bee biology and starting a beekeeping business. 

Upon completing the Graduate Certificate in Beekeeping, students will be able to: 

  1. Describe the biology of honey bees at both the individual and colony levels;  
  1. Identify predators of honey bees and describe their biology; 
  1. Develop management options for controlling predators and pathogens that threaten honey bees;  
  1. Compare different management practices in relation to achieving beekeeping goals; and 
  1. Communicate the impact of honey bees and apiculture on the economy, environment and agriculture industry.  

Prior to graduating, students will be required to take a pre-completion exam to assess their achievement of the learning outcomes listed above. 

Upon completion of the program, transcripts will read: Graduate Certificate in Beekeeping.  


Course Name Credits Fall Spring Summer 
ENY 6572 Apiculture I 
ENY 6575 Apiculture II   
ENY 6576 Honey Bee Biology   


Course Name Credits Fall Spring Summer 
ENY 5006 Graduate Survey of Entomology 
ENY 5006L Graduate Survey of Entomology Lab 
ENY 6207 Ecology and Conservation of Pollinators  
ENY 6401 Insect Physiology   
ENY 6651C Insect Toxicology (Available Even Years Only  
ENY 6934 Social Insects   
ALS 5156 Agricultural Ecology Principles and Applications   
HOS 5117C Environmental Plant Identification and Use   

Graduate Certificate Minimum Requirements: For All (Domestic and International) Applicants 

  • A bachelor’s degree in science from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada 
  • 2.0 upper-division GPA 

Additional Graduate Certificate Minimum Requirements: For International Students Only 

The English language skill requirements for admission: 

If your native language is not English, or if you graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a non-English speaking country, you will need to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or other Graduate Council-approved English language skills test and submit your scores

Non-English-speaking countries are those which are not included in the Graduate School’s list of English-speaking countries

To be admitted to a graduate certificate program, the applicant must score the following on the TOEFL: 

TOEFL Exam Type Required Score 
Paper-based 550 
Computer-based 213 
Internet 80 

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