Agricultural Science

MS-Agricultural Science  (MS-AG)

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources offers a Master of Science degree program in which students may choose to emphasize coursework in agricultural economics, agricultural mechanization, animal science, plant and soil science or horticulture. Graduate-level research is encouraged through the use of on-campus and University Instructional and Research Farm facilities.

The department additionally has signed agreements with other cooperating institutions to conduct research projects at off-campus locations.

The Agricultural Science program has two options; thesis or non-thesis option. 

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To be accepted into the Master of Science (MS) in Agricultural Sciences, a student’s graduate school application will be reviewed by the graduate faculty in the CASNR. For acceptance into the MS – Option II (Non-Thesis), a student must receive a favorable vote from the majority of the CASNR graduate faculty. For acceptance into the MS – Option I (Thesis), in addition, at least one member of the graduate faculty must agree to serve as the student’s advisor (Chair).

Required Documents for Admission

Admission Consideration Requirements for All Students

  • Apply Texas Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  • 1.      One of the following Bachelor’s degree options:

          a.     Bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences or closely related field of study from a U.S. regionally accredited institution with an overall bachelor’s GPA of 3.00 or higher or a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of the bachelor’s degree.

          b.     Bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences or closely related field of study from a U.S. regionally accredited institution with an overall bachelor’s GPA of 2.75-2.99 and at least one of the following:

               (i)     Official general GRE score report, or
               (ii)    Official GMAT score report, or
               (iii)   Passing score on one of the following Texas Educator Certification Exams (TEXES):

                    -Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 6–12 (172)   
                    -
    Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC–12 (160)
                    -AAFCS Exam for Texas FCS Teacher Certification (200)

           c.      Bachelor’s degree in a field other than agricultural sciences or closely related field of study from a U.S. regionally accredited institution and at least one of the following:

                (i)    Official general GRE score report, or
                (ii)   Official GMAT score report, or
                (iii)  Passing score on one of the following Texas Educator Certification  Exams (TEXES):

                       -Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 6–12 (172)   
                       -Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC–12 (160)
                       -AAFCS Exam for Texas FCS Teacher Certification (200)

Additional Admission Consideration Requirements for International Students Only

  • Application fee, $75.00, US dollars (this may be paid online when you apply)
  • Bank Statement from the sponsor, must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Official transcripts (with a copy of the provisional certificate or diploma)
    For more information on official transcripts, please click here and read FAQ question:  What transcripts do I submit for my admission?

  • English Proficiency:

    • Official TOEFL (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Official IELTS (at least overall 6.00 band), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Official PTE (at least overall 53 or higher), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university.
  •       International applicants without a U.S.-regionally accredited awarded bachelors or master’s degree in agricultural sciences or closely related field of study with an overall bachelor’s GPA of 3.00 or higher or a 3.00 GPA on last 60 hours of bachelor’s degree must hold a bachelor’s degree in a field of agricultural sciences or related field of study from a university with coursework and degree plans equivalent to that of a U.S. regionally accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least one of the following:

    (a)    Official general GRE score report, or

    (b)    Official GMAT score report, or

    (c)    Passing score on one of the following Texas Educator Certification Exams (TEXES):

    (i)      Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 6–12 (172)

    (ii)    Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC–12 (160)

    (iii)   AAFCS Exam for Texas FCS Teacher Certification (200)

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

Domestic student applications are accepted throughout the year.

International student applications (including all required documents and for programs that are not fully online) have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration:          June 1

Spring admission consideration:     October 15

Summer admission consideration:  March 15