- Course Delivery
- Fully Online
- Total Credits
- In-State Tuition Per Credit
- Out of State Tuition Per Credit
Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Get the same diploma as on campus students
The Beef Cattle Production, Master of Applied Science degree program and 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.
Choose the Beef Cattle Production, MAS program because:
- You are passionate about agricultural sciences or life sciences.
- You wish to distinguish yourself in the workforce with an advanced degree.
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, jobs associated with Veterinary Medicine will experience a 36% growth in the next 10 years and jobs associated with Agricultural and Food Sciences will experience a 10% steady growth over the next 10 years.
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.
Graduates of the Beef Cattle Production, MAS may find careers in a multitude of areas, including:
- Veterinary Medicine
- Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
- Technical Support for Livestock Feed and Pharmaceutical Companies
- Federal, State and Local Government Agencies
James MacDonald is an associate professor and teaches courses related to Animal Science. He has a Doctorate in philosophy and a Master of Science, both from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. MacDonald is engaged in numerous research projects including beef cattle production systems, alternative feeds, forage utilization and cow/calf production to name a few. In addition, he has published 38 journal articles, 12 symposia proceedings, 61 abstracts, 56 experiment station reports and 1 book chapter.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Taken the TOEFL or IELTS
(Only required if English is not your native language)
A written personal statement
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.
3 letters of recommendation
Official/Unofficial transcripts from all previous schools
To apply to this program:
- Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
- Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
- Apply and be admitted to the department
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
Course Number: AGRO 818
A web-based course. Biochemical underpinnings of agricultural production and processing systems. Agricultural biotechnology; bioenergetics; kinetics and enzyme regulation; interaction of biomolecules with light, photosynthesis and the balance between anabolism and catabolism in microbes, plants and animals.
|Animal Science Graduate Seminar||1|
Course Number: ASCI 806
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.
|Feedlot Nutrition and Management||3|
Course Number: ASCI 820
Offered odd-numbered calendar years. Nutritional requirements of and complete ration formulation for feedlot cattle. Management practices needed for successful feedlot operation. Prerequisites: CHEM 831
|Advanced Animal Nutrition||3|
Course Number: ASCI 821
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.
|Animal Industry Seminar||1|
Course Number: ASCI 905
Current problems in the field of animal industry.
|Statistical Methods in Research||4|
Course Number: STAT 801
Statistical concepts and statistical methodology useful in descriptive, experimental, and analytical study of biological and other natural phenomena. Practical application of statistics rather than on statistical theory.
Course Number: ASCI 810
Modern meat processing industry and its use of science and technology. The fabrication, processing, preservation, sanitation, food safety, ethnic evolvement, and utilization of manufactured and processed meat. Actual laboratory preparation of processed meats and by-products of the meat packing industry.
|Advanced Feeding and Feed Formulation||3|
Course Number: ASCI 822
Feeding practices for domestic animals. Applied animal nutrition and feed formulation. ASCI 822 requires the completion of an independent analysis of published research in a selected area of nurition and submission of a written paper.
Course Number: ASCI 824
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.
|History and Perspectives in Animal Breeding and Genetics||1|
Course Number: ASCI 865
Historical perspective to the discipline of animal breeding and genetics. Introduction to the contributions of geneticists who have significantly impacted the discipline. Material includes pre-recorded interviews of scientists that have had an international impact in animal breeding and genetics. Critique key papers.
|Advanced Meat Science||3|
Course Number: ASCI 917
Molecular events occurring during the conversion of muscle to meat. Molecular and cellular properties of meat responsible for the functional and palatability properties of meat products. Prereqs: CHEM 831 and FDST 848 or permission
Cost for Nebraska Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $356.50
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $408.75
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1069.50
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $1226.25
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $652.00
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $704.25
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1956.00
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $2112.75
Questions about tuition? We can help.
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.