The Master of Science in biosystems engineering merges engineering and agricultural
science to improve quality of life while maintaining the environment and preserving
The focus of biosystems engineering is to enhance the production and profitability
of agricultural and biological products. Biosystems engineers work at the interface
of biology and technology to address problems and opportunities related to food, water,
energy and the environment-all of which are critical to the future.
The Master of Science in biosystems engineering may be earned one of two ways.
The thesis option is 30 credit hours including six credit hours of research or creative
The non-thesis option is 32 credit hours including a maximum of three credit hours
of research or creative component.
Research and Faculty
Dr. Carol Jones is one of only a few grain storage engineers in the United
States and focuses on methods to keep grain and seed in the best quality possible.
Her research and extension program is known internationally.
If you have graduated with a B.S. in an engineering from an ABET accredited program
(most in the USA), a GRE is not required. If you have graduated from a foreign university, GRE scores are not required, but
are helpful in evaluating applicants. There is no minimum GRE score. International students are required to take the TOEFL exam. Students with a B.S. degree from an ABET accredited biosystems or agricultural engineering
program (most U.S. programs) are highly competitive for admission if their GPA is
3.0 or higher. Persons with a GPA less than 3.0 will be considered, particularly if
they have two or more years of professional engineering experience.
Many students help finance graduate education through part-time, paid employment as
a graduate assistant. As a graduate assistant, you can expand and apply your knowledge
and skills under the supervision of faculty or staff.