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Agricultural and Life Sciences

Master's Degree Programs Offered Online


The Masters in Agricultural and Life Sciences program provides broad, scientific-based courses for professionals in agriculture, life sciences, and related fields. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students will earn a master of science in agricultural and life sciences.

This program is intended primarily for place-bound working professionals that would like to pursue an advanced degree but cannot commute to Blacksburg to take daily or weekly classes. The unique program provides professionals the flexibility to earn a master's degree with a focus on a career-relevant area of specialization from the convenience of their own home.

Students are required to take a set of core courses and must select an area of concentration.

Five concentration options build upon a required core curriculum:

  • Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Food Safety and Biosecurity
  • Leadership Studies
  • Plant Science and Pest Management
  • Applied Nutrition and Health Sciences

The program has an open enrollment period, meaning that we accept applications until approximately one month before the start of each semester. Applications received after the dates below are reviewed for admittance the following semester.

  • Fall - July 15
  • Spring - December 15
  • Summer I - April 15
  • Summer II - May 15

(CIP 01.0000)


For the most up to date tuition information, please see: The University Bursar

Program Website:
Agricultural and Life Sciences

Program Director:
Jennifer Jones

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