M.S. Agronomy - Option I (Thesis)

The Option I thesis program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, including 20-24 hours of online graduate coursework, and a thesis of 6-10 hours. A minimum of 15 hours, including the thesis, must be taken in agronomy. The remaining 15 hours may be in supporting courses or in a minor consisting of at least 9 hours. Fourteen hours of approved graduate coursework from other institutions (49 percent) may be applied to the Option I program at UNL.

The student and advisor jointly determine class selections to fit the student's educational objective(s). Each student should work with their faculty advisor to complete and file a Memorandum of Courses (MOC) about midway through the program.

Students must maintain acceptable grades while in the graduate program.  The Office of Graduate Studies requires that students earn a B or above in all courses cross-listed with an undergraduate class and a C or above in all graduate-only courses. 

Admission Requirements*

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in agronomy or a closely related field, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Successful completion of the following prerequisites:
  • One semester calculus
  • One semester chemistry (may include AGRO 818 Ag. Biochemistry)
  • One semester physics (excluding soil physics)
  • Two semesters biological sciences (one class may be AGRO/HORT 131 Plant Science)
  • An additional semester of either physics or chemistry

The above requirements can be met by having satisfactorily completed the courses, having taken equivalent courses, testing out of the courses, exceeding the entry level requirements of the undergraduate degree institution and having these courses waived, or by taking the deficient courses early in the graduate program.

*Applicants with more than two deficiencies will not be reviewed for admission. It is recommended that you enroll in appropriate courses to remove deficiencies, and then reapply.

How to Apply

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
Required by the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture

After you submit your online application for Graduate Admission, please allow one business day for us to establish your access to our application system, GAMES, where you will submit the following items that are required by the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture:

  1. Resume or curriculum vita
  2. Statement of interest and goals
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. The GRE is not required by the department; however, individual faculty members may request test results.


There are no set deadlines for submitting applications; they are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.  Starting semesters include fall, spring or summer.

Non-Degree, Post-Baccalaureate Option

Students may be allowed to enroll in courses before being admitted to the master's or certificate program by applying as a non-degree, post-baccalaureate student under the application's Admission Objective (#4).

For questions, contact Kathy Schindler, 402-472-1730.

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