Master of Applied Science Degree

The Master of Applied Science degree is designed for those whose educational objective is to pursue a professional degree in agriculture, food, and natural resources at the master's level.
The Master of Applied Science is a practitioner degree for:

  • individuals directly involved in agriculture, food, and natural resource related industries
  • working agricultural and natural resource professionals and science educators needing advanced education

The program is available to both residential and distance students.

The Master of Applied Science program offers several areas of study: Click here for online list of courses.

  • Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness
  • Agronomy and Horticulture
  • Animal Science
  • Entomology
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Natural Resources
Specializations Offered in: 
Community Development 
Science for Educators 

Online or In the Classroom

While some areas of study are supported by distance-delivered courses to the extent that a student may complete a degree without ever being on campus, others are completed in the more traditional residential student setting.

Since this is a college-wide degree program, there is wide latitude in the selection of areas of study. An individual curriculum is designed for each student with the goal of best fitting the student's educational objective(s). The student, advisor, and supervisory committee jointly establish this curriculum.  Advisor Guidelines for MAS Students

Degree Project
A unique feature of the master's program is the degree project. The degree project replaces the traditional master's thesis and is specifically intended to be of immediate value in the student's workplace for career advancement. 
Project Guidelines

  1. Identify in collaboration with the advisor a research project in an area of interest associated with the primary area of study.  This usually occurs about when half the 36 credits have been completed and the Memorandum of Courses is filed.
  2. Prepare a paper or literature review describing the research project and findings.  As a guide, the paper should be between 15-20 pages in length.
  3. The paper should be presented to the student’s academic committee.  The presentation should be no more than 20 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes reserved for questions and answers.  The presentation may be presented using slides or some form of multimedia, e.g., animations, video, etc. 
  4. The chair of the committee will facilitate the review, which should involve time for the committee to review the paper and presentation, and assign a final grade.  
  5. Once approved, the appropriate graduate forms needed to grade and affirm the graduate project should be completed. 

Faculty Research Interests
You will work with faculty members from several UNL departments who have varying research interests and experiences. These research interests include, but are not limited to, biotechnology, natural resource management, entomology, animal and crop production systems, food quality measurements, curriculum development and science pedagogy, multimedia and instructional systems, and environmental and agricultural ethics.

Degree Requirements

36 credit hours of graduate course work (with 12 credit hours open exclusively to graduate credit)

At least 18 credit hours in an area of concentration (may be interdisciplinary), including a Degree Project;
At least 9 credit hours must be completed in a secondary area of emphasis for breadth
(to maximize flexibility, there are no core courses required)

A 3 to 6 credit hour Degree Project

A comprehensive examination, either written and/or oral
(The successful completion of the Degree Project, including examination by the Examining and Advisory Committee, may serve in lieu of a written comprehensive examination)

The final examination over the Degree Project and program of study is oral
(Where appropriate, a professional competency or certification exam may be required as part of the final examination)

Not less than 50% of the course work (excluding Degree Project) of the minimum number of graduate credits required, must be University of Nebraska-Lincoln credit.