Applied Science, MAS
The master’s degree under Option I requires a thesis and should be chosen by students who are preparing for careers in research and scholarly work or additional academic pursuits beyond the master’s degree. Under this option, a student must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit, consisting of 20 to 24 semester hours of regular course work, and present a thesis equivalent to 6 to 10 semester hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree, including thesis, must be in the major (at least 18 hours for the Master of Education degree). The remaining work may be in supporting courses or in a minor consisting of at least 9 semester hours. At least 8 hours, in addition to the thesis, must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
The subject of the thesis should be chosen from the student’s field of major interest and must be approved by the departmental Graduate Committee. The thesis should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in their field of investigation. The thesis must conform to the required style and format described in the Preparing a Thesis or Dissertation guidelines. An electronic copy of the thesis and abstract must be presented for preliminary review to the Master’s Programs Coordinator in the Office of Graduate Studies at least two weeks (one week in the summer sessions) before the date for the candidate’s oral examination. A candidate is not eligible for the oral examination until the thesis is completed and approved by the major adviser. After the thesis has been successfully defended, it must be electronically submitted to the Master’s Programs Coordinator for a final review prior to being uploaded to Digital Commons.
Research activities involving human subjects or live vertebrate animals may not be conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln unless the research activities have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate board or committee. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews projects involving human subject research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews the use of animals in research. These reviews are in accordance with Federal regulations, state laws and institutional policies. Submission of protocols to conduct human subject or animal research is coordinated by the Research Responsibility offices. Approval must be secured prior to the initiation of the research.
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The master’s degree under Option II requires a minor, but does not require a thesis. This option encourages a wider range of courses than is permissible under Option I. Students who have earned the master’s degree under Option II and later elect to pursue a doctoral degree must give evidence of ability to conduct independent research.
Under Option II, a student must earn 30 to 36 semester hours of credit in courses representing a major and either one or two minors. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree must be in the major. A minimum of 9 hours is required for each minor. The minor department determines the courses in their disciplinary field that comprise a minor. At the discretion of the minor department, up to one-third of the courses required for a minor may be transferred from other institutions. At least 12 hours for the degree must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
The Master of Education degree requires at least 6 semester hours selected from education courses outside the major in lieu of a minor.
Option II is not open for the Master of Professional Accountancy degree.
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The master’s degree under Option III is designed for students who plan to continue scholarly work in a chosen field past the master’s level. No thesis or minor is required; instead, Option III requires 30 to 36 semester hours of credit with a focus on advanced courses in the student’s chosen field. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree must be in the major. At least 18 hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
Option III is not open for the Master of Education degree.
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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 degree is designed for those whose educational objective is to pursue a professional degree in agriculture, food, community development and natural resources at the master's level. The Master of Applied Science is a flexible and personalized practitioner degree program for individuals directly involved in agriculture, food, community development and natural resource-related industries and working agricultural, community development and natural resource professionals and science educators needing advanced education. The program is available to both residential and distance students.
Students may choose to design a program tailored to their individual needs or choose a specialization from the list below. A specialization is a focused collection of courses within one or more major programs. Students may declare a specialization when applying for admission to the MAS or when establishing a plan of study.
For more information, visit https://appliedscience.unl.edu/master-applied-science-degree.
Beef Cattle Production
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The Beef Cattle Production specialization works synergistically with the Masters of Applied Science (MAS) program to offer students with an interest in beef cattle production, the opportunity to become more familiar with nutrition, meat science, genetics, and growth topics in an online program.
For more information, visit https://casnr.unl.edu/applied-science-beef-cattle-production-specialization.
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The Conservation Agriculture specialization works synergistically with the MAS program to provide an educational experience for students who need post-baccalaureate systems-based training related to global models of ecosystem design, ecosystem services, and soil, water, and biodiversity conservation in the context of highly productive agricultural systems. If you wish to distinguish yourself in the workforce with an advanced degree, the Conservation Agriculture specialization may be for you.
For more information, visit https://appliedscience.unl.edu/conservation-agriculture-specialization.
Specialization Core (9 Credits) Course Number Title Credits NRES 801 Topics in Applied Ecology 2 NRES/AGRO/WATS 884 Water Resources Seminar 1 NRES 829 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management 3 Select one of the following systems science courses: NRES 862 Conservation Biology 3 AGRO 835 Agroecology 3 AGRO 840 Great Plains Ecosystem 3 NRES 814 Natural Resource Systems ** 3 NRES 810 Landscape Ecology 3 NRES 817 Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture 3 Total 9 Additional Specialization Courses (9 Credits) Course Number Title Credits Select TWO of the following environmental design or environmental management courses: AGEN 841 Animal Waste Management 3 AGRO 849 Watershed Management in Grasslands 3 AGRO 852 Grazing Ecology and Management ** 3 AGRO 875 Water Quality Strategy 3 AGRO 889 Urbanization of Rural Landscapes 3 BSEN 822 Pollution Prevention: Principles and Practices 3 BSEN/NRES 868 Wetlands 3 NRES 826 Invasive Plants 3 NRES 833 Wildlife Management Techniques 3 NRES 837 Adaptive Natural Resource Management 3 NRES 838 Grassland Conservation: Planning and Management 3 NRES 857 Green Space and Urban Forest Management 3 NRES 870 Lake and Reservoir Restoration 3 NRES 965 Managed Aquatic Systems 3 Complete a project on a topic that integrates conservation and agriculture: NRES/AGRI/AGRO 897 Master of Applied Science Project 3 Total 9
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The EE specialization provides post-baccalaureate training related to pedagogical methods in nonformal and formal education settings related to environmental education and conservation education. The advanced training is designed to provide a distinctive edge in the workforce and advancing careers.
For more information, visit https://casnr.unl.edu/environmental-education-specialization.
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Environmental Studies specialization provides graduate students a broad, interdisciplinary environmental perspective through coursework in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, allowing graduate students an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the multiple dimensions of today’s environmental problems.
Students will develop a broad, interdisciplinary environmental perspective through the courses in the Environmental Studies specialization.
Science for Educators
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The Science for Educators Specialization works synergistically with the Masters of Applied Science (MAS) program is designed to enhance educators' science content knowledge, demonstrate pedagogy that drives learning experiences and support educators to create an applicable, standards-based curriculum. The Science for Educators Specialization, MAS program emphasizes science content inquiry, integration and application.
For more information, visit https://casnr.unl.edu/applied-science-science-educators-specialization.
The online Community Development Specialization equips students with the tools and experiences to contribute to positive changes in communities and regions. The coursework is designed to teach critical and creative thinking, ethical consideration and the value of careful planning for all stakeholders.
For more information, visit https://casnr.unl.edu/applied-science-community-development-specialization.
Graduate Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- One set of transcripts.
- If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
- If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
* Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Major Admission Requirements
- Undergraduate degree in life sciences or related area, such as biological or physical science, and experience in applied science
- 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
- A written personal statement explaining why you want to pursue a Master of Applied Science degree. Please describe how obtaining this degree will help your personal, career, and/or professional goals. Describe your level of commitment to the successful completion of this degree.
- Three letters of recommendation
- NOTE: If you reside in the state(s) KY, please contact a program advisor before applying.
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