Applied Science, MAS

Master of Applied Science Degree

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 30
  • $446.00
  • $676.00

Why Pursue This Program

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 

What's it like to take a program online?

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.

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.