Section 5 – Thesis Degree Requirements
Initial admission to the online Master of Science in Agriculture degree program will be into the non-thesis plan type, which is generally more suitable for distance students. Students who wish to pursue the thesis option are invited to submit a thesis petition (see Appendix) for review by the director of the MSAG program. The director will assess the extent of the proposed project to ensure it meets the thesis expectations for the program and that acceptable arrangements are in place for mentoring the thesis research. Upon approval, the academic coordinator will facilitate the change of the student’s plan type.
The thesis degree is ideal for people who are interested in pursuing or expanding a professional career involving the scientific aspects of an agricultural discipline. The thesis degree is also suitable for individuals who intend to continue their graduate education. It is a research degree leading to the preparation and defense of a formal thesis based on a project conducted by the student with guidance from the committee. A thesis is a document that is prepared by the student and that presents the author’s original research findings.