Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MAS in Applied Science (36 cr, Option I or II) with optional specialization:
- Community Development
- Science for Educators
- Minor in Beef Cattle Nutrition with any graduate degree program, subject to approval (apply to degree program, add minor after enrolling)
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.
- Agricultural Economics
- Agricultural and Extension Education
- Agronomy and Horticulture
- Animal Science
- Education and Communication
- Food Science and Technology
- Natural Resources
- Plant Pathology
Online and Distance OpportunitiesOffered online:
- Science for Educators and Community Development specializations
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Applied Science
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, Nebraska'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.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
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.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Faculty and research
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Winter Grains; Germplasm; Biotechnology; Plant Breeding Theory and Applications
Curriculum Development; Minority Education Issues
Mineral Requirements; Immunocompetence of Ruminants Fed Forages
Insect Ecology; Insect Pests of Field Crops
Insect Resistant Plants; Functional Genomics; Turfgrass Insect Pest Management
Physiological Responses of Plants to Insect Injury; Tiger Beetles; Pest Management; Forensic Entomology
Functional and Structural Relationships in Starch; Corn Processing Technologies; Tortilla and Chip Process Chemistry; Cereals/Oilseeds
RNA Translation; Meat Quality
Weed Control and Ecology; Herbicide Technology
Molecular Genetic Variation in Plants
Waste Management; Soil; Chemistry; Biochemistry
Photosynthetic Efficiency; Higher Plant Photosynthetic Pigments; Soybean Proteins as Allergens
Dryland Crops; Crop Rotation; International Agronomy
Leaf Yellowing and Re-Greening; Plant Anatomy and Nutrition
Food and Bioproducts Engineering; Value-Added Processing; Biopolymeric Films
Soilborne Disease; Biological Control