Applied Science, MAS

Master of Applied Science Degree

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 30
  • $446.00
  • $676.00

Program Overview

The online Applied Science, MAS program is designed for students who are looking to pursue a professional degree in agriculture, food and natural resources at the master's level. Through the ability to personalize their coursework, students become prepared to be the problem-solvers, innovators and teachers pertaining to the great challenges our world faces related to food, energy and water in our landscapes. In addition to gaining the science and leadership skills necessary to expand their career options, students are able to individualize their program by choosing several areas of study, such as:

  • Agriculture and extension education
  • Agricultural economics/agribusiness
  • Agronomy and horticulture
  • Animal science
  • Entomology
  • Food science and technology
  • Natural resources

Why choose this program?

  • Designed for those who are looking to pursue a professional degree in agriculture, food, and natural resources at the masters level
  • Ability to focus your area of study within the program to best fit your educational objectives
  • Convenient online courses for working agricultural and natural resource professionals and science educators needing advanced education

The requirements for this degree include 36 credit hours of course work with at least 18 credit hours in an area of concentration, which may be interdisciplinary. Nine credit hours must be completed in a secondary area of emphasis for depth in studies. Finally, the degree project requires at least three to six credit hours to complete. This project replaces a traditional master's thesis and is intended to be of immediate value in the student's workplace for career advancement.

There are two specializations offered for the Master of Applied Science program, including Community Development and Science for Educators.

Upon completion of the program, students can apply the knowledge they have learned to a multitude of career areas:

  • Environmental industry
  • Food industry
  • Agricultural and other natural resources industries
  • Community and regional planning organizations
  • Economics and agribusiness professions
  • Teaching professions

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Undergraduate degree in life sciences or related area, such as biological or physical science and experience in applied science

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    Explain why you want to pursue a Master of Applied Science degree. Please describe how obtaining this degree will help your personal, career, and/or professional goals. Describe your level of commitment to successful completion of this degree.

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for Graduate Studies
  2. Pay $50 application fees
  3. Submit separate application to academic department

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

36 credit hours of graduate coursework (with 12 credit hours open exclusively to graduate credit). At least 18 credit hours in an area of focus (may be interdisciplinary), including a Degree Project: Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Leadership, Education, Agronomy and Horticulture, Community Development, Entomology, Food Science and Technology, Natural Resources or Grassland Studies. At least 9 credit hours must be completed in a secondary area of emphasis for breadth. A 3 to 6 credit hour Degree Project.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
AGRO / AGRI / HORT / NRES 897Master of Applied Science Project1 - 6
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

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.