Agribusiness & Food Industry Management/Agricultural Science

Masters of Science Degree in Agriculture (Agricultural Science)

The master of science degree in agriculture, agricultural science subplan, provides students the opportunity to enhance knowledge and competence in a selected area of specialization and encourages individual study and research. The curriculum is designed to assist individuals employed in agricultural education to become more proficient in research methodology and design, statistical analysis, utilization of technology, and advance in a concentration area of their choice. Students desiring additional experience with industry can include as an internship in an industry sector they choose. This degree has successfully enhanced the careers of individuals employed in public schools, community colleges, universities, cooperative extension, and other agricultural career fields.

Admission to the Program

An applicant for admission to the master's degree program in agricultural science should have a baccalaureate degree in agriculture and will complete the requirements for a Single Subject and Specialist Credential in Agriculture prior to advancing to candidacy and taking the comprehensive exam. Applicants without a baccalaureate degree in agriculture will be required to take undergraduate-level courses in the Huntley College of Agriculture prior to being unconditionally admitted into the program. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 overall, or 2.75 in the final 90 units of coursework, is required. In addition, the agricultural education program coordinator must receive three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic qualifications and potential as a graduate student. International students seeking admission into the program must achieve a score of 550 on the TOEFL. An applicant not meeting these standards may be conditionally admitted with the approval of the program's Graduate Admissions Committee. The conditional student must comply with the requirements of admission within three quarters.

The student, along with an appointed advisory committee, will develop a program by the end of the second quarter, based on the student's interests and preparation. The student's approved program will include required basic core courses, a selection of additional courses in a specialization, electives, independent study, and a thesis or comprehensive examination. The student must have on file an approved program within two quarters of admission to the master's program. Students electing to complete additional coursework and the comprehensive examination in lieu of the thesis must be agricultural education teachers.

Advancement to Candidacy

Admission to the program does not admit a student to candidacy for the degree. Advancement to candidacy is contingent upon the recommendation of the graduate coordinator. A student who has not been admitted to candidacy is not eligible to register for the thesis (AGS 696) or comprehensive examination (AGS 697). To advance to candidacy for the master of science in agriculture, agricultural acience subplan, a student must:

  1. complete at least 12 units of graduate coursework at Cal Poly Pomona with a GPA of 3.0 or better;
  2. pass the Graduate Writing Test; and
  3. with the major professor and graduate coordinator, develop and file a program of study.

The official program of study must be prepared and submitted for approval no later than the end of the second quarter of attendance.


  1. The degree program shall include a minimum of 45 quarter units of which at least 24 units shall be in 500- or 600-level courses. Additional coursework may be required to eliminate subject matter deficiencies. At least 24 units must be within the broad field of agriculture.
  2. A grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better must be maintained in all upper division undergraduate and all graduate courses. No course with a grade lower than "C" (2.0) may apply toward the fulfillment of degree requirements.
  3. No more than 13 quarter units of acceptable graduate credit may be transferred from another graduate institution. No more than 13 units taken through Extended University may be used on a contract. No more than 13 units of acceptable graduate credit may be petitioned by an undergraduate student. A total limit of 13 transfer, Extended University, and/or units petitioned for graduate credit may be included on a master's contract. The stipulated time limit of seven years applies to all of the above.
  4. Graduate students enrolled in the Single Subject Credential program who have completed their undergraduate degree may complete more than 13 units of the master's program prior to admission under the following conditions:
    • The student must meet the requirements for unconditional admission into the master's program;
    • Prior permission from the department Graduate Coordinator must have been obtained.The student will develop a program based upon the curriculum outlined in the Graduate Studies section of the catalog, in consultation with the major professor and the department graduate coordinator and be approved by the graduate studies analyst.
  5. Advancement to candidacy is required.
  6. A candidate completing thesis must submit two final copies for binding in accordance with university regulations and successfully complete a final oral examination covering the thesis and the candidate's area of specialization.
  7. The candidate must be enrolled in the university during the quarter of graduation.

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