The goal of the MS Agroecology concentration at UF is to train students in agriculture through the application of ecological concepts and principles to design, develop and manage sustainable agricultural systems. An approach like this one, at the crossroads of production agriculture,  environmental and societal issues, makes for an interesting profile on the job market.

The concentration will give students the flexibility to study from anywhere in the world thanks to this fully online MS Degree (thesis and non-thesis). Core courses are diverse and go over multiple disciplines from an overview of global agroecosystems, to crop ecology, ecophysiology and principles of soils science. Electives include topics in broad disciplines related to sustainable production and natural resource conservation.

A few facts 

  • Students must choose their major – either Agronomy or Soil and Water Sciences.
  • Students conduct original research thorough training in investigative techniques by use of modern facilities with guidance by experienced faculty.
  • MS Thesis requires pre-arranged circumstances and host faculty member in your city of residency or Partner Institution to oversee thesis research.
  • $565/Credit Hour for 100% Online degree program (similar to FL residency rate)

Degree completion includes: GPA of 3.0 in 30 credit hours of coursework, supervisory committee-approved Agroecology project or thesis, seminar presentation, and final examination with supervisory committee. Supervisory committee comprises of three faculty members with at least one being from the Agronomy Department and one from the Soil and Water Sciences Department.

Applicants must possess:

  • Bachelor of Science degree with a major in agriculture, agronomy, crop science, soil science or a related life science; two chemistry and two biology courses; and an upper-division GPA of 3.0
  • GRE quantitative score in 150-160 range
  • For graduate assistantship consideration, we recommend that you recruit a faculty member to support your admission prior to formally applying to UF.

How to apply:

  • Formally apply online to the University of Florida: The cost is $30 plus a handling fee of $7.
  • Self-report GPA and GRE test scores
  • Indicate “Distance learning” if applying to online non-thesis degree
  • Indicate on UF application “Agroecology” as “Specialization.”
  • For thesis degree, insert name of UF faculty member with whom you might have conversed about thesis research or graduate assistantship opportunities
  • Upload: Statement of Purpose, Resume, Transcript copies
  • After submitting, let us know! Email:

Application Deadlines:

  • January 1 (Agronomy major) or January 15 (Soils major) for Fall Graduate Assistantship consideration.
  • February 1 for Summer (self-funded)
  • September 1 for Spring (self-funded)
  • May 1 for Fall (self-funded)

Scholarships opportunities for the 2017-2018 academic year:


Curriculum for the Master's

Core Curriculum:

    • ALS 5155 Global Agroecosystems – 3 Credits Fall – Fundamental of Agroecology and Sustainability
    • ALS 5934 / ABE 6933 Graduate Professional Development – 2 Credits Fall or AGG 5607 Communicating in Academia –  3 Credits Spring
    • AGR 6933 / SWS 6931 / ABE 6931 Graduate Seminar – 1 Credit Any term for Agronomy, Fall or Spring for Soils and Water Sciences.
    • STA 6093 Intro to Applied Statistics – 3 Credits Fall or Spring
    • AGR / SWS 6905 Agroecology Project (non-thesis) – 2 Credits or AGR / SWS 6971 Master’s Research (thesis) – Take as needed, up to 6 Credits.

Select two of the following:

  • AGR 5511 Crop Ecology – 3 Credits Fall
  • SWS 5050 Soils for Environmental Professionals – 3 Credits Spring
  • AOM 6932 Principles and issues in environmental hydrology – 3 Credits Fall

And one each from two of the following groups:

  1. Agronomy focus area:
    • AGR 5444 Ecophysiology of Crops – 3 Credits Spring or AGR 6422 Environmental Crop Nutrition – 3 Credits Fall
  2. Soil and Water Sciences focus area:
    • SWS 5246 Water Sustainability – 3 Credits Spring Odd or SWS 5208 Sustainable Agri. & Urban Land Management – 3 Credits Fall
  3. Agricultural and Biological Engineering focus area
    • ABE 6932 Irrigation Principles and Management – 3 Credits Fall or  ABE 6932 Computer simulation of crop growth and management responses – 3 Credits Summer

Elective Courses. Student and Supervisory Committee select from a broad interdisciplinary range including:

    • Entomology
    • Integrated Pest Management
    • Extension
    • Cropping systems
    • Natural Resources
    • Policy