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Create the science degree program that matches your career goals.

Individualized applied science programs and unique hands-on degree projects.  With the online Masters in Applied Science degree program, working professionals in a wide range of science-related careers can create a highly relevant learning experience.

Program Description

This 36 credit hour online master's degree in Applied Science addresses the advanced educational needs of working life science professionals and teachers. 

The online Applied Science degree is interdisciplinary and sufficiently flexible to meet the specific educational goals of individuals employed in applied life sciences.

Students may individualize their online program of study, with approval of their supervisory committee, to best meet their own career objectives. Academic advisers in the following departments are prepared to work with you on your degree objectives:

  • Education and Communication
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agronomy and Horticulture
  • Animal Science
  • Entomology
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Natural Resources
  • Plant Pathology

Specializations Include:

Degree Project

A unique aspect of this online Applied Science master's program is the Degree Project, which replaces the traditional Master's Thesis. The Degree Project is specifically intended to be immediately of value in the student's workplace or career advancement.

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change in July of each year.

Rates shown are for students taking only online/distance courses. Students enrolled in a combination of In Person/On Campus Courses and Online/Distance Education Courses should visit Student Accounts for complete tuition and fee information.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$325.50$25.00$11.00$4.00$365.50
3 credit hour$976.50$75.00$33.00$12.00$1,096.50


 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$609.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$649.00
3 credit hour$1,827.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$1,947.00

Note: Students will be charged a $20 registration fee per semester.

The Masters in Applied Science program of study includes 36 credit hours of graduate course work, with 12 credit hours open exclusively to graduate credit.

  • At least 18 credit hours in an area of concentration (may be interdisciplinary), including a Degree Project
  • At least 9 credit hours must be completed in a secondary area of emphasis for breadth to maximize flexibility, there are no core courses required
  • A 3 to 6 credit hour Degree Project is required
  • A comprehensive examination, either written and/or oral; the successful completion of the Degree Project, including examination by the Examining and Advisory Committee, may serve in lieu of a written comprehensive examination
  • The final examination over the Degree Project and program of study is oral
  • Where appropriate, a professional competency or certification exam may be required as part of the final examination
  • Not less than 50% of the course work, excluding Degree Project, of the minimum number of graduate credits required must be University of Nebraska–Lincoln credit

The Master of Applied Science is an interdisciplinary degree program and students may use distance courses from a variety of disciplines. The description of each course may be found by consulting the section of the Graduate Bulletin for that discipline's degree program. Students in the Master of Applied Science program should consult with their adviser and the Graduate Program Chair in planning for courses to take and the schedule for course offerings.

View a list of online courses available through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

P. Stephen Baenziger, Ph.D., Eugene W. Price Distinguished Professor

Lloyd Bell, Ph.D., Professor

Dennis Brink, Ph.D., Professor

Stephen Danielson, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Marion D. Ellis, Ph.D., Professor

John E. Foster, Ph.D., Professor

Roch Gaussoin, Ph.D., Professor, Interim Department Head

Milford A. Hanna, Ph.D., Professor

Tiffany Heng-Moss, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Entomology

Leon G. Higley, Ph.D., Professor

Garald L. Horst, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor

David S. Jackson, Ph.D., Professor, Associate Dean

Steven J. Jones, Ph.D., Professor

Stevan Z. Knezevic, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Donald J. Lee, Ph.D., Professor

Martha Mamo, Ph.D., Professor

John Markwell, Ph.D., Professor

Stephen C. Mason, Ph.D., Professor

Deana Namuth-Covert, Ph.D., Distance Education Director

Ellen T. Paparozzi, Ph.D., Professor

Gerald M. Parsons, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus

James E. Partridge, Ph.D., Professor

Blair Siegfried, Ph.D., Professor

Randy Wehling, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology

Gary Y. Yuen, Ph.D., Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this online masters program the student must have:

  • Undergraduate degree in life sciences or an undergraduate degree (or higher) in a related area, such as biological or physical science, and experience in applied science
  • Undergraduate coursework in basic sciences (biology and chemistry) and in agriculture appropriate to the area of concentration
  • Sufficient evidence of academic ability, typically a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Approval of the Master of Applied Science Graduate Committee and the Graduate College

The term "experience in agriculture" is with reference to students with related degrees. This is to clarify, the importance of the appropriate prerequisite knowledge for student success in the courses leading to a Master of Applied Science degree.

Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 
  2. Apply and be admitted to the program:
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • A Letter of Intent including the following:
      • Explain why you want to pursue a Master of Applied Science degree.
      • Elucidate how obtaining this degree will help your personal, career, and/or professional goals.
      • Describe what you are you doing now that relates to this degree
      • Describe your level of commitment to successful completion of the degree
    • Submit one set of official transcripts
    • If your native language is not English, demonstrate your English proficiency by providing at least one of the following:
      • Paper-based TOEFL score of at least 550 Internet-based TOEFL score of at least 79

Send department application materials to:

Dr. Dan C. Cotton
MAS Graduate Chair
College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
211 Agricultural Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0703

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Applications are reviewed upon receipt of materials. The deadlines below are recommended application dates. 


Fall Semester August 1
Spring Semester December 1
Summer Sessions April 1 


All materials must arrive no less that two weeks prior to the semester in which the student intends to begin the program. Earlier submission of materials is prudent. 


Online Worldwide Educational Representative

Program Contact
Cheryl Griffith
Phone: 402.472.5515



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