College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Master of Science in Agriculture


Graduate Program Administration

a. Bylaws

The Master of Science in Agriculture (MSAG) is an interdisciplinary degree program that involves participation from several departments in the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS). The bylaws, which are approved by the MSAG Steering Committee, the MSAG director, the dean of CAHNRS, the MSAG graduate faculty, the Graduate School’s Graduate Studies Committee, and the WSU Faculty Senate, serve as the official governing document for the program. Please review this document on the MSAG website at:

b. Steering Committee

The MSAG Steering Committee is composed of department chairs and directors from every academic unit involved in delivering the MSAG program. Members of this committee provide oversight for curriculum development and management, faculty participation, and governance of the MSAG program. Steering committee members also are responsible for reviewing applications and voting on applicant admission to the program. The director of the MSAG program takes action based on the consensus recommendations of the steering committee.

c. Director

The director of the MSAG program, Dr. Richard Zack, serves as the signature authority for all action items executed for the program. Based on recommendations from the Steering Committee, the director determines who is accepted into the program, assigns student advisors, and reviews programs of study and all change forms for approval consideration. The director also monitors program quality and serves as the direct supervisor of the academic coordinator(s) for the program.

Dr. Richard Zack, MSAG Director
Associate Dean, CAHNRS

d. Program Director

The director of the MSAG Food Science and Management option, Dr. Thuy Bernhard, leads the option and advises many of these students.

Dr. Thuy Bernhard, Program Director
MSAG Food Science and Management Option

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