Agronomy is the application of plant and soil science to crop production and includes the study of plant genetics, breeding, biotechnology, molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry, weed control, and crop management.
The Master of Science in Agronomy degree program is designed with maximum flexibility for today’s working professionals. This flexibility allows students to complete coursework in areas that are specific to career goals and interests. The curriculum stresses the ability to apply course content to related industry work.
The online program is available in both thesis and non-thesis options. Areas of study include:
Plant Breeding and Genetics
Crop Physiology and Production
Range and Forage Science
Potential minors and electives include:
Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
The online courses in the program are taught by world-class faculty and researchers who teach the same courses on campus. Because the curriculum and instructors for the online program are the same as for the on-campus program, the degree appears on the transcript as a Master of Science from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
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 and landscape specialists, golf course superintendents
Education: Science and ag teachers
Extension: Educators and specialists
Producers: Farmers and ranchers
Government: Specialists in regulatory agencies at all governmental levels
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accrediting agencies. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been continuously accredited since 1913.