Graduate Program Overview
The Agriculture Department offers a Master of Science in Animal Science (thesis) and a Master of Agriculture in Agriculture (non-thesis). These programs allow students to choose an area of emphasis from a wide variety of agriculture focus areas.
A master’s degree in animal science helps students be competitive in the job market. Students develop independent thinking and reasoning skills throughout their studies. The degree is also essential for anyone wanting to be a county extension agent.
Research is a large component of the master’s degree program. Students who have received graduate assistantships have chosen research topics that vary from meat science and grazing management to wool and mohair technology and pathobiology.
Master of Agriculture
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.
Master of Animal Science
For thesis students, 30 hours of coursework and six hours of thesis work are required.
The specific courses required for animal science majors will be determined by your advisory committee. A thesis project must be approved by the advisory committee and the graduate dean.
All graduate students are expected to successfully pass a comprehensive oral exam and successfully defend their thesis at the end of their graduate work.