The Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE) offer a self-supporting non-thesis MS degree for distance learners. UF ABE Online offers two professional master's specializations that focus on modeling and technology, taught by faculty with a strong expertise in these areas. Students looking to obtain a non-thesis MS will gain additional knowledge and skills in the discipline of their choosing. Specific strengths for the CALS nonthesis MS are in food production systems, operations management, and SmartAg technologies. Strengths for the HWCOE non-thesis MS are in biological modeling, design and instrumentation, SmartAg engineering, and bioprocessing.
This program is 100% online and students will recieve the same degree as those in the in-resident program. The Agricultural and Biological Engineering department ranks #3 as the best graduate programs in the nation and UF ABE Online is determined to provide credentials and education to everyone all over the world, giving the opportunity for students to "Be a Gator Anywhere."
The Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department offers graduate coursework specific to both degree options. For a non-thesis degree, the minimum requirement is 30 hours of course work.
Specifically the strengths for the CALS non - thesis MS degree are in food production systems, operations management, and SmartAg technologies. Each plan of study in CALS must include a minimum of 9 credit hours of quantitative courses including mathematics at the 5000 level or above; engineering, modeling, simulation, and optimization methods; and statistics and/or probability. These quantitative courses must include 3 credits selected from the approved list of math or data analytics courses in Appendix C. A student’s plan of study in CALS must also include a minimum of 15 hours of ABE, AOM or PKG departmental coursework.
Please note that admission into the Master’s of Science program in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences requires a B.S. degree in Agricultural Operations Management or an equivalent undergraduate program. Students who do not have an undergraduate Agricultural Operations Management degree or equivalent and desire a Master’s of Science degree in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences must complete equivalent requirements
Strengths for the HWCOE non-thesis MS degree are in biological modeling, design and instrumentation, SmartAg engineering, and bioprocessing. Each plan of study in Engineering must include a minimum of 15 hours of ABE, AOM or PKG departmental coursework. The plan also must include a minimum of 3 credits of mathematics at the 5000 level or higher.
Please note that admission into the MS of HWCOE program generally requires a B.S. degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, or related engineering specialty, from an undergraduate program accredited by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). If a student desires a master’s degree with a major in Agricultural and Biological Engineering but does not have an undergraduate degree that has an ABET-equivalency, then articulation course work should be completed prior to or as early as possible in the student's graduate program.
Florida residents in this online non-thesis MS would be enrolled with the standard Florida resident tuition rate. Non-residents of Florida would pay a different out of state rate. Rates are subject to change but as of Fall 2021:
Per credit hour: $448.73
Total Cost: $14,534.40
Per credit hour: $530
Total Cost: $16,972.50
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