Graduate Degree Program Summary

Browse all graduate areas of study:
Promotional image for Applied Science

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.A.S.
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • 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

Applied Science

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:

Application Deadline

   Rolling admissions. Applications are reviewed on a continual basis.

Related Programs

Students interested in Applied Science also may want information about:
Explore all areas of study:


The Master of Applied Science is a practitioner degree for individuals directly involved in agriculture, food, and natural resource related industries. It also addresses the advanced educational needs of working agricultural and natural resource professionals and science educators. The program is available to both residential and distance students.

The program offers several areas of study: agricultural leadership, agribusiness, animal systems, community development, food systems, integrative agricultural systems, and plant systems. 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.

The 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. 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

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; Maize; Insect Genetics
Turfgrass Maintenance
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
Distance Education; Plant Breeding and Genetics
Leaf Yellowing and Re-Greening; Plant Anatomy and Nutrition
Physiological Basis of Diseases
Insecticide Resistance, Toxicology
Food Analysis
Food and Bioproducts Engineering; Value-Added Processing; Biopolymeric Films
Soilborne Disease; Biological Control

Departments: Have an update for this page? Contact Maggie Jobes.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln does not discriminate based on gender, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, veteran's status, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.