College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Master of Science in Agriculture


Section 4.a. – Independent Project Requirements

A non-thesis student must complete an independent project and a 30-page minimum (12 pt double-spaced including tables and figures) final report. With collaboration from the committee, students determine a project based on their study interests and where there is a need within their industry.  The independent project can be completed in one of the two following categories:

INDUSTRY IMMERSION (INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM): This is an immersion based training involving a student-arranged practicum/internship with an industry employer, a university affiliated researcher, or non-profit organization.  The internship/practicum must be approved by the student’s committee and must be conducted in accordance with the MSAG Internship/Practicum Guidelines available on the MSAG website and includes preparing and defending the prescribed Internship/Practicum final report.

PROJECT BASED: Alternatively, a non-thesis option may be based on an independent project which is mentored and monitored by the advisory committee and also includes preparing and defending a final report.  It is an avenue that allows students to design a project based on their professional and learning goals. This project should go above and beyond workplace expectations.  Examples of independent projects include but are not limited to:

    • Literature review
    • Evaluation of a process
    • Curriculum development
    • Assessment of needs for a program, community or organization
    • Policy paper
    • Extension publication
    • Feasibility study
    • Technology application development

Project Proposal: The independent project must be approved by the advisor through the project proposal or MSAG Internship/Practicum form and students should use their whole committee as key resources while accomplishing their independent project.  See Appendix for additional Non-Thesis Independent Project Guidelines.

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