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Department of Agricultural Sciences

Masters of Agriculture – Online, non-thesis

The M.Ag. degree will provide working professionals and individuals from diverse backgrounds a focused program for seeking additional skill sets advantageous to agricultural career pathways and/or pursuing new endeavors within the agricultural industry. These examples do not encompass all scenarios, but provide an idea of the demographics of potential students this degree program will serve. This degree will focus on the individual who wants/needs to complete a graduate degree with the hopes of continuing advancement or securing employment in the agricultural industry post-graduation.

The M.Ag. degree will be 100% online, offered in a cohort format. The current cohort format will follow an established course rotation across two full years, including summer course offerings. A new cohort will begin in the fall semester of each calendar year and be completed in August two years later.

Admission Requirements

  • Must have a Bachelor's degree in an agricultural or closely related discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • International students (for all requirements see the International Students - Applicants webpage: http://wtamu.edu/student-support/international-applicants.aspx):
  • Official transcripts, mark sheets, graduation certificates, etc. (with certified English translations) from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Submit Foreign Credential Evaluation of foreign transcripts and documents.
  • Minimum test score: TOFEL (at least 79 iBT) or IELTS (at least 6.0).
  • GRE is NOT required.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 or at least 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours (4-point scale).
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required.

Please note:  The Department of Agricultural Sciences has a secondary application process ("Application for Graduate Studies") that will be sent to the student once they have applied to the University and submitted official transcripts, and it has been determined that the student meets the minimum GPA requirements. The "Application for Graduate Studies" includes reference forms to be completed by three individuals knowledgeable about the applicant and essay questions to be completed by the applicant. Also, the applicant must include an updated vita or resume.

  • Admission to the program is highly selective.

Deadline for application: Fall enrollment only, application deadline is August 1 each year. Students who apply after August 1 may be considered for admission.

General Non-Thesis Requirements (minimum of 36 credit hours)

  • At least 18 credit hours from 6000-level and above courses
  • Only courses offered in the Department of Agricultural Sciences, unless otherwise approved
  • Four hours credit in graduate seminar
  • No more than six hours credit from individual study courses
  • Successful completion of comprehensive written examination
  • Successful completion of an approved capstone project

Course Schedule

First Year
Fall #1
Course Title Credit
AGRI 6111 SEMINAR 1
AGRI 6319 AGRICULTURAL ISSUES 3
Spring #1
Course Title Credit
AGRI 6111 SEMINAR 1
AGRI 7303 AGRICULTURAL LEADERSHIP 3
PSES 5321 GRAIN, FIBER, OILSEED CROPS 3
Summer #1
Course Title Credit
AGBE 6313 AGRIBUSINESS MANAGERIAL FINANCE 3
AGRI 6097/6098/7092 RESEARCH/INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM 2
Second Year
Fall #2
Course Title Credit
AGRI 6111 SEMINAR 1
AGRI 6312 AG RESEARCH METHODS 3
PSES 5320 GLOBAL AGRICULTURE & THE ENVIRONMENT 3
Spring #2
Course Title Credit
AGRI 6111 SEMINAR 1
ANSC 7301 INTEGRATED ANIMAL & RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 3
AGBE 7365 MANAGEMENT OF AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS FIRMS 3
Summer #2
Course Title Credit
AGRI 7375 SYSTEMS AGRICULTURE 3
ANSC 7346 ADVANCED LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS 3

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the difference between a Masters in Agriculture (M.Ag.) and a Masters of Science (M.S.) in an agriculture discipline?

    The M.Ag. provides students an applied agriculture approach across all disciplines – Animal Science; Plant, Soil & Environmental Science; Agricultural Business & Economics; Agricultural Media & Communication; and Agricultural Education & Leadership. This approach provides a broader, agricultural systems perspective. The M.S. is typically a more discipline-specific approach, focused more on science, theory, and/or research.

  2. I have an undergraduate degree in Animal Science (or another Agriculture discipline), will I be able to keep up with the courses in disciplines outside of my undergraduate major?

    Yes, the faculty recognize the backgrounds of the students will vary across all of agriculture. All courses will be geared to an audience with at least one agriculture degree and, with some foundational content presented in the curriculum, provide students the knowledge to succeed. Additionally, the program expects students with different backgrounds will be supportive of each other by sharing knowledge and experiences.

  3. What if I cannot take all of the courses scheduled in a given semester?

    The current design of the M.Ag. curriculum offers a set of courses scheduled in specific semesters/terms across two years. Students who cannot take all courses offered in a given semester/term may take the missed course in the following year.

  4. What if I desire to take more courses than are offered in a semester?

    The current design of the M.Ag. curriculum offers a set of courses scheduled in specific semesters/terms across two years. At this time, those courses will only be available in a given semester/term.

  5. What is the practicum, internship or research requirement?

    In consultation with their graduate advisor, the student will select a practicum, internship, or research option to gain exposure to a more hands on, experiential experience. The practicum/internship/research must be approved, including required documentation and reporting requirements, in consultation with the advisor before the experience is initiated.

  6. Can I earn a doctoral degree after I complete this M.Ag.?

    Many doctoral programs require a M.S. degree with a thesis, but we would recommend you contact the potential doctoral programs about their admission requirements.

  7. Will there be any synchronous instruction with this program?

    Some of the courses will require some synchronous interaction via virtual platforms (Zoom, WebEx, etc.) to connect the students in the cohort, provide a venue for presentations, etc. These virtual meetings will be scheduled with input from the students in the course.

  8. What is the capstone project?

    All students in the program will complete a capstone project, outlined and discussed during the four graduate seminars. The project will be tailored to the interest of the student and will be developed out of the practicum/internship/research experience initiated in the first year of the program. The capstone project will be presented to the cohort at the end of the second year.

  9. I have previously taken graduate courses, can I apply them to this degree?

    Approved transfer and extension work is counted as graduate credit but may not be used to fulfill the 6000-level requirement. Only courses in which the student earned an “A” or “B” from a regionally accredited institution of higher education may be transferred to WTAMU. No more than 12 hours may be transferred from another institution and substitution for current M.Ag. curriculum requirements will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

  10. How much does it cost?

    Here is the link to tuition rates and information


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For additional information, contact Mallory Vestal at mvestal@wtamu.edu