Beef Cattle Production

Master's of Applied Science

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $356.50
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $628.50

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The Beef Cattle Production specialization is part of the 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. 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.

Choose this 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. 

Graduates of the Master of Applied Science with specialization in Beef Cattle Production 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
Gary Sullivan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Gary Sullivan currently teaches as an Assistant Professor of Meat Science at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with research interests revolving around processed meats. In 2011, Sullivan received the Research Excellence Award from Iowa State University for his fieldwork.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 3.00 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

    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.

  4. 3 letters of recommendation

  5. Official/Unofficial transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

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

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Application Deadlines

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

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
AGRO 818Agricultural Biochemistry2

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.

ASCI 806Animal Science Graduate Seminar1

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.

ASCI 820Feedlot Nutrition and Management3

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

ASCI 821Advanced Animal Nutrition3

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.

ASCI 905Animal Industry Seminar1

Course Number: ASCI 905

Current problems in the field of animal industry.

STAT 801Statistical Methods in Research4

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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ASCI 810Processed Meats3

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.

ASCI 822Advanced Feeding and Feed Formulation3

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.

ASCI 824Forage Quality3

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.

ASCI 865History and Perspectives in Animal Breeding and Genetics1

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.

ASCI 917Advanced Meat Science3

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: $628.50
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $680.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1885.50
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $2042.25

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