Agronomy – Master’s
The MS Agronomy program is a professional degree program, which requires more credits of coursework than research. This is different than a traditional on-campus Agronomy program, which emphasizes research. The program was originally designed for professionals working in industry and government, but has grown to include students from business, teaching and other professions.
The courses in the MS Agronomy program were designed specifically for distance students, and take advantage of all of the technological capabilities of the computer. Students will find many interactive activities within the course materials to aid in content comprehension (study questions, drag & drops, short videos, “Try this”, calculations, etc.). Students will not find lecture videos of their instructor, but will be able to interact with their instructor in the form of online Office Hours using the Zoom interface.
What to expect
The program has a twofold purpose:
Students will gain a diverse background in all aspects of Agronomy. This includes subject matter in crops, soils, climate, statistics and pest management. The curriculum is organized so that students progress in phases:
- Phase 1 provides more advanced knowledge of agronomy
- Phase 2 develops management skills
- Phase 3 integrates both knowledge and management to develop analytical and problem solving skills
Students will become better communicators. This development is fostered through a variety of exercises:
- discussion boards
- presentations/term projects
- agronomic consultations/peer review
- creative component project
For details visit the Graduate College website.
The program totals 40-credits, which consists of 12 online courses (36 credits), an on-campus practicum (1 credit) and a creative component professional development project (3 credits).