Applied Science

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MAS in Applied Science with optional specialization:
    • Community Development
    • Science for Educators
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 Opportunities

Offered online:
  • Science for Educators and Community Development specializations

Other programs:
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Applied Science

Dan Cotton

Graduate Secretary
Ms. Diane Wasser

Campus Address
103 Agriculture Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0702

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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 to GAMES, where you'll complete these 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.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL 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 attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Courses and More

Admitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in: During the first half of their coursework, students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study — one of the essential Steps to Degree Completion.

Faculty and research

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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

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Applied Science.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Stacy Dam.