Online master’s of applied science designed to help ag and natural resources professionals reach their goals

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Natalie Jones | IANR Media
September 10, 2021

Lincoln, Neb. —The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Agricultural Resources and Natural Resources offers a fully online master’s of applied science program designed for professionals looking to expand their skills and advance their careers. 

The master’s of applied science is designed to be flexible and customizable, so students can tailor their degree to suit their interests and professional goals in the areas of agriculture, food, community development and natural resources management. 

“CASNR is committed to preparing change-makers, innovators and educators who want to address the challenges our world faces related to food, water, energy and landscape systems,” said CASNR Dean Tiffany Heng-Moss. 

Graduate students who enroll in the online master’s of applied science program can also add a specialization in: 

  • Beef Cattle Production: Expand your knowledge of nutrition, meat science, genetics and growth topics. 
  • Science for Educators: Improve your science content knowledge, demonstrate pedagogy that drives learning experiences and create applicable, standards-based curriculum. 
  • Community Development Specialization: Learn to address challenges and find solutions within your community. 

“I took a lot of classes that prepared me for the work I’m doing now,” said Melissa Nordboe, a Nebraska 4-H Extension Assistant enrolled in the program. “With this program I could choose courses in animal science, entomology, horticulture, leadership and beyond. It was a great program because I had the opportunity to pick and choose my interests.” 

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a national leader in agricultural and natural resources education and has a long history of offering competitive, affordable, fully online master’s degree programs. UNL’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources consistently ranks among the top ag schools in the country. 

“In Nebraska, one in four jobs is related to agriculture and natural resources,” Heng-Moss said. “Nebraska offers many opportunities for innovators in agriculture, and the master’s of applied science can give them the skills and tools they need to make a huge impact.” 

For more information on CASNR’s online masters of applied science degree program, visit