Master of Agriculture (MAgr) in Ecosystem Science and Management

This master of agriculture degree (non-thesis) is designed for students who want professional graduate training with a management orientation. It provides advanced training in the science and management of rangeland resources, emphasizes the development of problem solving capabilities, and requires an intensive professional internship that is designed to provide meaningful, applied, practical experiences.

Credit requirement

  • 36 credit hours, minimum
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPR on the degree plan and cumulatively, with no grade lower than C in any course on the degree plan

Advisory committee

You will work with your advisor to form an advisory committee that consists of at least three members of the graduate faculty who represent your fields of study. The committee chair (i.e., your advisor) must be from the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, and at least one committee member must be from another department.

Degree plan

You will work with your advisor also to develop a plan for the course work and research credits you will take. This degree plan also formally declares your degree objective and advisory committee membership. You must submit your degree plan to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies for approval. This is done through the online document processing submission system.

DEADLINE: As an M.Agr. student in Ecosystem Science and Management you must submit your degree plan no later than the middle of your second regular semester.

Professional internship

As a master of agriculture student, you must complete an intensive professional internship lasting at least six months. Your choice of internship must be approved by your advisory committee.

Professional paper

You must prepare a professional paper in a relevant area of ecosystem science and management. Most often, this paper is an account of your internship that highlights the scientific and managerial principles that you learned and applied during that experience. This paper must be formulated and developed in consultation with your advisory committee. | Recent master's professional papers in ESSM.

Final comprehensive examination

As a non-thesis student, you are required to pass a final comprehensive examination administered by your advisory committee. The exam will cover your coursework, as well as your internship and professional paper. This exam may be written or oral or both.


The M.Agr. degree generally requires at least two years of full time work beyond a bachelor's degree.


> Refer to the ESSM Graduate Programs Manual for a guide to key steps in your graduate program and key resources, student life and professional development opportunities.

> Find detailed information about all requirements in the Texas A&M Graduate Catalog. (Select the most current catalog from the list.)