M.S. Degree: Masters Program Type: Online Interest: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Program Type: International

Agronomy is the science and technology of producing and using plants for food, fuel, fiber and land management. Careers may be found in plant molecular biology, plant breeding, crop consulting, conservation, departments of agriculture, ecology, farming, greenhouses, horticulture, landscape design, ornamental plant production, rangeland management, turfgrass management, research and service positions with seeds and agrochemical companies, and international agricultural development, etc.

Online specializations include:

  • Plant Breeding & Genetics
  • Crop Physiology & Production
  • Horticulture
  • Range & Forage Science

Potential minors include:

  • Horticulture
  • Entomology
  • Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication
  • Business and/or Agribusiness
  • Natural Resources
  • Teaching/Education

This degree is designed with maximum flexibility for today’s working professionals.

  • Allowing you to complete coursework in areas that are specific to career needs and interests.
  • Curriculum stresses the ability to apply course content to related industry work.

Tuition & Fees For Agronomy Masters

Application & Graduate Admission

Program Options & Courses

The online program is available in both thesis and non-thesis options.

Option I (thesis):

If you're preparing for a career in research and scholarly work or in college or university teaching.

  • Earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit, consisting of 20 to 24 semester hours of regular course work.
  • Present a thesis equivalent to 6 to 10 semester hours. At least one-half of the required work, including thesis, must be taken in one major subject.
  • Remaining work may be in supporting courses or in a minor consisting of at least 9 semester hours.
  • Eight credit hours, in addition to the thesis, must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).

Option II (non-thesis):

This option encourages a wider range of courses than is permissible under Option I.

  • Must earn a minimum of 36 semester hours of credit representing a major and either one or two minors.
  • Must complete a master’s project of between 1-6 hours. The project takes the place of the usual thesis.
  • Programs consisting of a major and one minor must include no fewer than 18 hours in the major and 9 hours in the minor.
  • If 2 minors are elected, the major must total at least 18 hours and the minors at least 9 hours each.
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Transfer Credits

Each degree program within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major. In most instances, you will be requested to submit the respective course syllabus.

Transfer credit information for graduate degrees

Career Services

If you’re enrolled as a degree seeking student in a UNL program you’ll have access to the same career services as on-campus students. Don’t live in the immediate area? We’ll come to you by providing phone or Skype consultations.

After you graduate, the Nebraska Alumni Association will continue to help with resources and events for job seekers.

Career Trends in Agriculture

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, projects a 10 % increase in the need for scientists and technologists between 2010 and 2020. The report states the following:

  • Most growth over the next 10 years for agricultural and food scientists will be in private industry.
  • Food research is expected to increase because the public is more aware of nutrition, health, food safety, and the need to keep herd animals from getting infections.
  • Job growth for food scientists and technologists is expected to be driven by the demand for new food products and food safety measures.
  • Demand for biofuels—renewable energy sources from plants—is expected to increase.

M.S. in Agronomy graduates work in the following career fields:

  • Seed Industry: Managers, breeders, technicians, sales agronomists
  • Crop Improvement: Consulting agronomists, crop advisors, co-op managers
  • Horticulture: Nursery managers, turf & landscape specialists, golf course superintendents
  • Education: Science & ag teachers
  • Extension: Educators & specialists
  • Producers: Farmers & ranchers
  • Government: Specialists in regulatory agencies at all governmental levels


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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