Applied Science

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.A.S.


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

  • Community Development
  • Science for Educators
Areas of Study
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Agronomy and Horticulture
  • Animal Science
  • Education and Communication
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Natural Resources
  • Plant Pathology

Distance Education Opportunities

  • Science for Educators and Community Development specializations
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Contacts for Applied Science

On the Web

Applied Science


Dan Cotton


Graduate Secretary

Ms. Diane Wasser


Campus Address

103 Agriculture Hall

Lincoln, NE 68583-0702

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Applied Science in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Applied Science
Rolling admissions. Applications are reviewed on a continual basis.


The Master of Applied Science is a practitioner degree for individuals directly involved in agriculture, food, education and natural resource related industries. The program is available to both residential and distance students.

Both specializations are supported by distance-delivered courses to the extent that a student may complete a degree without ever being on campus, courses may also be taken locally.

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.

Students can also choose from two specializations: Science for Educators to acquire new and enhance science content knowledge or Community Development which equips students with the tools and educational experiences to contribute to positive changes in communities and regions. 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.

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.

Courses and More

Students in Applied Science are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

P. Stephen Baenziger
Winter Grains; Germplasm; Biotechnology; Plant Breeding Theory and Applications
Lloyd Bell
Curriculum Development; Minority Education Issues
Dennis Brink
Mineral Requirements; Immunocompetence of Ruminants Fed Forages
Stephen Danielson
Insect Ecology; Insect Pests of Field Crops
Roch Gaussoin
Turfgrass Maintenance
Tiffany Heng-Moss
Insect Resistant Plants; Functional Genomics; Turfgrass Insect Pest Management
Leon Higley
Physiological Responses of Plants to Insect Injury; Tiger Beetles; Pest Management; Forensic Entomology
David Jackson
Functional and Structural Relationships in Starch; Corn Processing Technologies; Tortilla and Chip Process Chemistry; Cereals/Oilseeds
Steven Jones
RNA Translation; Meat Quality
Stevan Knezevic
Weed Control and Ecology; Herbicide Technology
Don Lee
Molecular Genetic Variation in Plants
Martha Mamo
Waste Management; Soil; Chemistry; Biochemistry
John Markwell
Photosynthetic Efficiency; Higher Plant Photosynthetic Pigments; Soybean Proteins as Allergens
Steve Mason
Dryland Crops; Crop Rotation; International Agronomy
Deana Namuth Covert
Distance Education; Plant Breeding and Genetics
Ellen Paparozzi
Leaf Yellowing and Re-Greening; Plant Anatomy and Nutrition
Randy Wehling
Food Analysis
Curtis Weller
Food and Bioproducts Engineering; Value-Added Processing; Biopolymeric Films
Gary Yuen
Soilborne Disease; Biological Control

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