AGRO 894: Master's Project

Offered every semesterCommons area in Keim Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Grading: Issued by Your Academic Advisor as a Pass/No Pass.
Instructor:  Leah Sandall

Class No.:  AGRO 894, project example
Section 700 for online version

  • 1 credit for proposal development (taken the 2nd or 3rd semester)
  • 1-4 credits for project work
  • 1 credit for final presentation work (taken the final semester)


Academic Credit


The master's project is the capstone event for students taking the Master's of Science in Agronomy, Option II.  It should be an example of the student's best professional work.

The project is an opportunity for students to apply knowledge learned through coursework to create an original body of work focusing on an area of personal or professional interest.  This body of work should be related to the student's primary area of study.  Every student should work closely with their academic advisors and/or major & minor committee members to develop this professional project.  Students are expected to initiate communication with faculty advisors and committee members. An MS project often has multiple versions after being passed among the faculty advisor, committee members, and graduate student.

The project credit hours range between one and six credit hours.  If the project is 3 credit hours, the student should expect to spend the same amount of time on the project as he or she would in a 3-credit class.  A literature review should be conducted to determine current knowledge in the topic prior to selecting a specific project.  The project should include sufficient depth expected from graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Projects may take many forms such as:

  • Analyzing field studies;
  • Developing lesson plans, teaching or training materials;
  • Developing procedures;
  • Creating Extension Education resources/publication
  • Writing an extensive term or comparison paper;
  • Developing an assessment tools to measure learning;
  • Creating animations or multimedia products on subject matter covered in their coursework;
  • Creating, administering and evaluating a survey; and
  • Adapting already-completed research for a new purpose.

Here is an example of a project that was developed into an Extension Publication.  Ross Barr wrote NebGuide G2216 "Row Spacing and Seeding Rate Recommendations for Corn in Nebraska." Co-authors were Steve Mason, Mitch Novacek, Charles Wortmann and Jenny Rees.

Master's degree students in Agronomy and Horticulture are also expected to participate in the Blackboard section of the class where they will develop project proposals, give a practice oral presentation and participate in discussions.

Students will deliver their oral and/or written exams (defense) based on this project.  A Final Exam Form should be completed to show that the student passed the Oral and Written Defense.  Please follow the deadlines from Graduate Studies for this form as Graduate Studies will not grant extensions.  More explanation about this form may be found in this TechSmith Relay presentation.


Internet / Canvas


High-speed Internet access, email, an updated browser (We do not recommend Internet Explorer), M.S. Office products, Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Connect, the ability to create and view screen-capture files, and ability to view videos or MP4 files.


Students must be admitted to Graduate Studies at UNL and be at the end of the M.S. Agronomy and Horticulture master's degree, Option II.


Academic Credit Course: For information on tuition and fees, please visit the Student Accounts website for Graduate Tuition.

Who It's For
This class is for Master's of Science students who wish to complete their M.S. degree in Agronomy and Horticulture.  The project acts as a "capstone" class for master's degree students.  Graduate students should work with their advisor to give an oral and/or written presentation of their project.