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Master of Science vs. Master of Agriculture

There are a number of key differences between a Master of Science in International Agriculture, and a Master of Agriculture in International Agriculture.

The Master of Agriculture in International Agriculture (M.A.I.A.) program prepares candidates for positions in the public and private sectors related to international agricultural development and marketing. Graduates work in international agribusinesses, non-profit organizations, development agencies, government and diplomatic service, education, agricultural extension, agricultural trade associations and commodity groups and other positions in global agriculture.

The Master of Science in International Agriculture (M.S.I.A.) program accommodates those students who prefer to take theoretical courses preparing them for research. This program will provide students the theoretical, science, and research backgrounds necessary to design, implement, and manage agricultural programs in developed and developing countries. It allows participants to blend theory and practice to improve the lives of people. Advanced study leading to the Master of Science degree in the field of International Agriculture prepares students for such professional careers as business analyst, international trade and development specialist, college-level educator, agricultural extension specialist, and professional work with non-profit organizations, government sectors, and agricultural commodity groups.

 

MIAP offers two distinct pathways, so that our students can determine what would best suit their goals and desired outcomes:

Master of Science in International Agriculture

M.S.I.A.

Master of Agriculture in International Agriculture

M.A.I.A.

Option A with Thesis:

·     30 Credit Hours

(24 Credits of Course Work and 6 Credits of Thesis)

Option A with Creative Component:

·     36 Credit Hours

 

(24 Credits of Course Work and 6 Credits of Thesis

Option B with Creative Component:

·      32 Credit Hours

(26 Credits  of Course Work and 6 Credits for an International Experience)

Option B with Professional Internship:

·     36 Credit Hours

(30 Credit Hours of Course Work and 6 for Professional Internship)

·      Chosen Focus Area

·      1 Quantitative/Qualitative Course

·     1  Research Methodology Course

·     Chosen Focus Area