Applied Science (MAS)


Applied Science, MAS

On Campus Online 36 cr

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 is a flexible and personalized practitioner degree program for individuals directly involved in agriculture, food, and natural resources related industries. The program is available to both residential and distance students. 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. Students may choose from five specializations, a focused collection of courses within one or more major programs. Students declare a specialization when applying for admission to the MAS or when establishing a plan of study. The specialization is reported on the student's transcript.

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  1. Beef Cattle Production
  2. Conservation Agriculture
    • On Campus
    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


    Applied Science

  3. Environmental Education
  4. Environmental Studies
  5. Science for Educators
  6. Community Development

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.

NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed


Applied Science

Graduate Chair

Dan Cotton

Tuition & Fees

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