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Integrated Agricultural Sciences

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Nicole Wagner
Agriculture Building,
Room 215

Department of Agricultural Sciences
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Through a rigorous interdisciplinary agriculture curriculum and exposure to real-world applications, students will develop technical and leadership skills necessary for an effective career in addressing and solving food and agricultural issues. Graduates will have a 21st-century expertise with theoretical and practical skills necessary to analyze, optimize, and implement complex agro-systems. 

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S. 36 Thesis No minor

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1*
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

The spring 2021 deadline has been extended to November 1, 2020, for international applicants.

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding. Read additional information about departmental funding opportunities below.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee(s)

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree in agriculture, biology, chemistry, economics, education, or a closely related field demonstrating adequate preparation from a regionally accredited university. The degree earned should indicate the ability to conduct and complete the thesis research proposed or the non-thesis program with excellent results. Read additional information about background course work.

  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted

  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

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GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • resume/CV detailing prior work experience, research experience, awards, scholarships, and other related qualifications
  • statement of interest (two-page maximum) including research interests, plans for graduate study, and professional aspirations and describing how your scholarly interests and relevant skills can be utilized in the program to pursue those goals
  • three letters of recommendation from non-related individuals familiar with your scholarly work and/or relevant work experience

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 19 speaking
    • 18 writing
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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Additional Information

  Background Course Work
You will be required to take leveling courses if you lack sufficient background course work. Any required leveling course work must be completed with grades of B or better. Contact the graduate advisor for information regarding the background course work that may be required.

  Funding Information
If you are applying for an assistantship in the fall term, send the application letter, statement of reasons for graduate study, and two reference letters directly to the graduate advisor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences by March 31. If you are seeking an assistantship for terms other than fall, awards will be made if funds are available. The awards are based on scholastic achievement.