Agriculture Master’s Degree (M.Ag.)
The Master of Agriculture is a non-thesis degree designed for persons intending to pursue a career in industry, business or governmental services, or to teach at the junior college level.
The specialized curricula are designed to give the student a broad knowledge of the application of scientific principles to the production, processing and marketing of agriculture products or services.
This degree requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate work, including 27-36 credit hours in Agriculture Department courses (with at least 3 hours in each of the following areas: Animal Science, Food Science, Range and Wildlife Management, Ag Leadership and Agriculture Economics) and 0-9 semester credit hours in supporting electives.
DegreeMaster of Agriculture in agriculture
Graduates can expect to work in any of these settings:
- County extension agencies
- State and federal inspections
- Natural resource management
- Rangeland management
- Agricultural lending
- Research and laboratory settings
- Commodity trading
- Feedlot management
- Product development
- Quality assurance
- Food safety
- Ranch or private land management
Current Employers of ASU Graduates
- Texas AgriLife Extension
- Natural Resource Conservation Service
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Hillshire Brands
- Lebatt Foods
- Eldorado State Bank
- Sexing Technologies
- Noble Foundation
- Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- School districts, community colleges and agriculture support industries
Our program teaches students graduate-level knowledge, addressing a variety of agriculture topics, including animal science, food science, range and wildlife science, ag leadership and agriculture economics, thereby creating graduates with an advanced level of education encompassing the broad themes of today’s agriculture industry.
We incorporate experiential learning through an internship or shadowing environment, providing advanced training focused on developing innovative and technical abilities within the ag industry.
[GPA x 100] + Quantitative + Verbal + Converted Analytical ≥ 740.
GRE Analytical Writing Conversion Scale
The GRE Analytical Writing sub test is scored on a scale of 1-6. This score is converted to the metric of the other sub tests as follows:
1.0-2.0 = 130
2.5 = 135
3.0 = 140
3.5 = 145
4.0 = 150
4.5 = 155
5.0 = 160
5.5 = 165
6.0 = 170
- All college and university transcripts (Upload unofficial transcripts for application evaluation purposes to the College of Graduate Studies and Research at firstname.lastname@example.org. With the exception of Angelo State University transcripts)
- M.Ag. Essay Topic: (Attach to Apply Texas application or email to email@example.com)
- In your opinion, what is the number one challenge facing the agriculture industry today and why? Also, what are your background and career goals related to agriculture?
- GRE scores (If an applicant has at least a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA or 3.0 last 60 hours GPA, then the GRE requirement is waived)
- Two Academic Letters of Reference from former Collegiate Instructors (to be sent directly to Department of Agriculture)
- Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume (to be sent directly to Department of Agriculture)
- Hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.5 or better, including all grades on repeated courses – or hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
- Completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours of undergraduate course work in animal science, agriculture, range management, wildlife management or agronomy, including 12 credit hours of advanced course work
Spring: December 1
Fall: July 15
International Student Spring: November 1
International Student Fall: June 10
This degree requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of graduate work, including 27-36 semester credit hours in Agriculture Department courses (with at least 3 hours in each of the following areas: Animal Science, Food Science, Range & Wildlife Management, Ag Leadership and Agriculture Economics) and 0-9 semester credit hours in supporting electives.
The specific courses required for agriculture majors will be determined by your advisory committee. An internship/experiential leaning project must be approved by the advisory committee and the graduate dean.
All graduate students are expected to successfully pass a comprehensive oral exam at the end of their graduate work.
More information on admission requirements.
Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships
Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Academic Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research. No application is required.