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Agriculture Master’s Degree (M.Ag.)

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The Master of Agriculture is a non-thesis degree designed for persons intending to pursue a career in industry, business, governmental services or to teach at the junior college level.

The specialized curricula are designed to give the student a broad knowledge of the application of scientific principles to the production, processing, and marketing of agriculture products or services.

This degree requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of graduate work, including 27-36 semester credit hours in Agriculture Department courses (with at least 3 hours in each of the following areas: Animal Science, Food Science, Range & Wildlife Management, Ag Leadership and Agriculture Economics) and 0-9 semester credit hours in supporting electives. 

Degree

Master of Agriculture in Agriculture

Careers

Graduates can expect to work in any of these settings:

  • County extension agencies
  • State and federal inspections
  • Natural resource management
  • Rangeland management
  • Agricultural lending
  • Sales
  • Research and laboratory settings
  • Commodity trading
  • Feedlot management
  • Product development
  • Quality assurance
  • Food safety
  • Ranch or private land management

Current Employers of ASU Graduates

  • Texas AgriLife Extension
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Hillshire Brands
  • HEB
  • Lebatt Foods
  • Eldorado State Bank
  • Sexing Technologies
  • Noble Foundation
  • Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • School districts, community colleges and agriculture support industries 

Program Highlights

  • Our program teaches students graduate-level knowledge, addressing a variety of agriculture topics including animal science, food science, range and wildlife science, ag leadership and agriculture economics, thereby creating graduates with an advanced level of education encompassing the broad themes of today’s agriculture industry.

  • We incorporate experiential learning through an internship or shadowing environment, providing advanced training focused on developing innovative and technical abilities within the ag industry.

Admission Formula

[GPA times 100] + Quantitative + Verbal + Converted Analytical ≥ 740.

GRE Analytical Writing Conversion Scale

The GRE Analytical Writing sub test is scored on a scale of 1-6. This score is converted to the metric of the other sub tests as follows:

1.0-2.0 = 130           
2.5 = 135
3.0 = 140
3.5 = 145
4.0 = 150
4.5 = 155
5.0 = 160
5.5 = 165
6.0 = 170

Admission Requirements

  • GRE scores
  • All college and university transcripts
  • Essay 
  • Current Curriculum Vitae 
  • New M.Ag. Essay Topic. In your opinion what is the number one challenge facing the Agriculture industry today and why? Also what are your background and career goals related to agriculture?

Prerequisites

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.5 or better, including all grades on repeated courses – or hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • Completion of a minimum of 24 semester credit hours of undergraduate course work in animal science, agriculture, range management, wildlife management or agronomy, including 12 semester credit hours of advanced course work 

Application Deadlines

Spring: December 1

Fall: July 15

International Student Spring: November 1

International Student Fall: June 10

Degree Plan

  • This degree requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of graduate work, including 27-36 semester credit hours in Agriculture Department courses (with at least 3 hours in each of the following areas: Animal Science, Food Science, Range & Wildlife Management, Ag Leadership and Agriculture Economics) and 0-9 semester credit hours in supporting electives.

    The specific courses required for agriculture majors will be determined by your advisory committee. An internship/experiential leaning project must be approved by the advisory committee and the graduate dean.

    All graduate students are expected to successfully pass a comprehensive oral exam at the end of their graduate work. 

    More information on admission requirements.

  • Carr Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies. No application is required.

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