This 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 from a number of departments are prepared to work with you on your degree objectives and help you select appropriate courses from numerous online courses available within each focus area. (See additional information for credit requirements under "Courses You'll Take.")
In addition, this degree offers two specializations which can also be found on this website: Community Development and Science for Educators.
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.
Dan Cotton served as the first executive director of eXtension prior to returning to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to serve in his current role. His national experience with eXtension serves him in leading online education ventures at UNL.
Undergraduate degree in life sciences or 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.
For students with related degrees. It is vital students bring appropriate prerequisite knowledge for student success in the courses.
(Only required if English is not your native language)
Explain why you want to purse a Master of Applied Science degree. Elucidate how obtaining this degree will help you personal, career, and/or professional goals. Describe what you're doing now that relates to this degree. Describe your level of commitment to successful completion of this degree.
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Course Number: AGRO / AGRI / HORT / NRES 897
Project activity for the Master of Applied Science degree. Design, develop and complete a project that requires synthesis of the course topics covered in the primary area of emphasis. Course is cross-listed in AGRO, AGRI, HORT and NRES. Prerequisites: Admission to Master of Applied Science degree program
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.