Online Master of Science in Agronomy

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The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers a complete and flexible online Master's Degree in Agronomy designed for today's agricultural professionals who want to advance their agricultural careers while staying in their communities.

About the Master's Degree

Agronomy is the application of plant and soil science to crop production and includes the study of plant breeding, genetics, biotechnology, molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry, weed control and crop management.

Students may choose from either a thesis-based (Option I) or non-thesis-based (Option II with a project and a minor) Master's of Science Degree in Agronomy degree program. Both options allow students maximum flexibility in selecting coursework that meets their career goals and interests. They can both be completed online; however, the Option I thesis is more difficult to finish online.
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Specializations for Online Students:

Masters of Agronomy or Horticulture students can also choose between a variety of specializations. A specialization is a well-defined area of study that has been approved by the Graduate Council and will appear on a student's transcript along with the degree and major.  Specializations are optional in Agronomy and Horticulture students.

These are the Agronomy specializations available for online Master's Degree students:

  • Crop Physiology and Production
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Range and Forage Sciences
This is the Horticulture specialization available for online Master's Degree students:
  • Public Horticulture Administration

Interested in a Horticulture program?

If you are intersted in studying horticulture, the UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) offers a Master's of Applied Science (M.A.S.) for students who want a horticulture degree.

Please also visit our Horticulture certificates webpage if you are intersted in earning a graduate certificate for 12 credit hours. The three certificates are: Advanced Horticulture, Floriculture and Nursery Production Management, and Ornamentals Landscape and Turf. These three certificates are offered through UNL and the AG*IDEA consortium.


Students in the Master's in Agronomy program can also receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the Certified Crop Adviser program. For more information on CEUs, visit the Certified Crop Adviser website or, once you have completed applicable courses, please contact Kathy Schindler, administrative assistant,, 402.472.1730, who can help you register for your CEUs.

More information about being a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Agronomy & Horticulture may be found on our prospective graduate student webpage or our current graduate student webpage.

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It's easy to apply to our Master's of Agronomy or Horticulture Degree via the UNL Graduate Studies online application process!

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