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

The Master of Applied Science program is housed in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, not within an individual department (an interdisciplinary degree) but administered by a faculty committee selected from many departments. 

Because there are no prescribed areas of study you are able to individualize your program, with approval of the supervisory committee, to best meet your own career objectives.

Academic advisers are in the following departments:

  • Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness
  • Agronomy and Horticulture
  • Animal Science
  • Entomology
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Natural Resources
  • Plant Pathology

This degree addresses the advanced educational needs of practitioners in a flexible format, to meet the goals of individuals employed in applied life sciences.

Specialization areas include: Who should consider this degree?
  • Professionals who want to enhance or add areas of expertise
  • Professionals who wish to network their career field throughout the state and beyond
  • Professionals who want to fulfill challenging personal and professional goals
  • Full-time professionals who want flexible course schedules and the ability to enroll in online/distance education courses
  • Independent, self-motivated individuals with a strong commitment to lifelong learning

Tuition & Fees For Applied Science - Masters

Financial Aid

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid provides information on loans and need-based funds.

Nebraska Residency Notice:

If you recently resided or enrolled outside the state of Nebraska, you may be classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes. Review residency requirements.

Application & Graduate Admission

Program & Courses

Requires a total of 36 credit hours of graduate course work (with 12 credit hours open exclusively to graduate credit):

  • At least 18 credit hours in an area of concentration (may be interdisciplinary), including a *degree project.
  • At least 9 credit hours must be completed in a secondary area of emphasis for breadth to maximize flexibility, there are no core courses required.
  • A 3 - 6 credit hour *degree project is required.
  • A comprehensive examination, either written and/or oral; successful completion of the *degree project, including examination by the Examining and Advisory Committee, may serve in lieu of a written comprehensive examination.
  • The final examination over the degree project and program of study is oral.
  • Not less than 50% of the course work, excluding *degree project, of the minimum number of graduate credits required must be University of Nebraska–Lincoln credit

*The Degree Project

A unique aspect of this master's program which replaces the traditional master's thesis.

The degree project is intended for you to gain immediate value to apply to your workplace or for career advancement. For more information regarding the degree project and MAS requirements, go to

Program Requirements & Course Descriptions

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.


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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