Applied Science, MAS (Beef Cattle Production)

Master of Applied Science Degree with a Specialization in Beef Cattle Production

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 30
  • $357.00
  • $676.00

Program Overview

The online Master of Applied Science with a specialization in Beef Cattle Production degree program is designed to offer students with an interest in beef cattle the opportunity to become more familiar with nutrition, meat science, genetics and growth topics.

Students choose the Applied Science, MAS (Beef Cattle Production) program to:

  • Develop an understanding of beef production as a system and be exposed to production practices that may enhance profitability and stewardship.
  • Gain an understanding of statistics to better evaluate research data.
  • Understand how biochemical underpinnings of agricultural production affect growth and nutrient metabolism.
  • Access the University’s beef cattle resources after they complete their degree.
  • Advance their education while continuing to work in their profession.

Career Outlook: Throughout the world, there is a growing demand for beef, which in turn increases job development related to beef production. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in animal caretaking is projected to grow 34.4% in the U.S. by 2030 and employment in veterinary sciences is projected to grow 15%. Beef and beef cattle related jobs are vital to Nebraska and the entire U.S. Throughout the U.S., there are 32.6 million beef cows and 26.2 million cattle fed out each year. Beef production accounts for approximately 41% of the total economic impact in the U.S. from all livestock and poultry.

Career paths may include:

  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
  • Technical Support for Livestock Feed and Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Federal, State and Local Government Agencies
  • Animal Breeding

Specializations: The Master of Applied Science (MAS) is a flexible program that allows students the option to personalize the program around a specialization. Beef Cattle Production is a specialization area of the MAS program. Students declare a specialization when applying for admission or when establishing a plan of study. The specialization is reported on the student’s transcript.

Specialization areas in the Master of Applied Science (MAS) program:

  • Community Development (36 credit hours)
  • Science for Educators (30 credit hours)
  • Beef Cattle Production (30 credit hours)

Why choose the MAS program?

The program offers:

  • A professional degree in agricultural science, community development and natural resources at the master’s level
  • Flexibility that allows the student to design an area of study that addresses educational goals
  • 100% online, flexible courses allowing students to complete courses while continuing to work in their profession

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  2. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. A written personal statement

    Students should submit a written personal statement explaining why they want to pursue a Master of Applied Science degree. In addition, the student should describe how obtaining this degree will help your personal, career, and/or professional goals, as well as their level of commitment to the successful completion of this degree.

  4. 3 letters of recommendation

  5. Official/Unoffical 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 UNL Graduate Studies.
  2. Pay application fee.
  3. Submit separate application to academic department.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ASCI 806Animal Science Graduate Seminar1
Orientation in the animal science graduate program involving introduction to departmental research program, philosophy, and policies. Discussion of elements of an effective seminar; experience and critique in oral presentation of research data.
ASCI 820Feedlot Nutrition and Management3
Offered odd-numbered calendar years. Nutritional requirements of and complete ration formulation for feedlot cattle. Management practices needed for successful feedlot operation. Prerequisite: CHEM 831
ASCI 821Advanced Animal Nutrition3
An advanced course dealing with the nutrition of domestic animals. In-depth coverage of nutrients, nutrient metabolism and nutrient requirements. Biochemical and physiological functions of nutrients in life processes.
ASCI 822Advanced Feeding and Feed Formulation3
Feeding practices for domestic animals. Applied animal nutrition and feed formulation.
ASCI 824Forage Quality3
The chemical characteristics of forage components. The interactions with ruminant physiology and digestion that influence forage feeding value. The laboratory procedures used to evaluate forages for grazing livestock.
ASCI 905Animal Industry Seminar1
Current problems in the field of animal industry.
AGRO 905Research Project 1
Design, develop and complete a project that requires synthesis of the course topics covered in the primary area of emphasis
Any Course in Statistical Methods3
Statistical concepts and methodology useful in biological experiments. Practical application of statistics.
BIOC 801Elements of Biochemistry 3
Structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids; enzymes; principal metabolic pathways; and biochemical expression of genetic information.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Andrea Watson, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor Ruminant Nutrition

Andrea K. Watson’s primary interests revolve around research and her areas of focus are protein utilization by beef cattle, nutrient cycling and distance education curriculums. She has published 21 journal articles, 27 research reports and 31 proceeding abstracts. In 2015, Watson was honored as an ASAS Midwestern Section Young Scholar.

Application Deadlines

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