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Engineering (ME) - Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering  
Program Description


The Master of Engineering (ME) program in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) is designed to provide a graduate-level educational opportunity to individuals whose primary interests are the enhancement of their existing skills and the development of new skills.  The ABE ME program may be designed to fit almost any application in the general field of applying engineering practices to agricultural and biological systems.  The flexibility of the program allows students, in consultation with their advisors, the opportunity to choose a field of study and conduct research specifically suited to their needs from the following areas: Biological and/or Biosystems Engineering; Bio-Energy and Bio-Products Engineering; Biological Information and Sensors; Biostatistics and Bioinformatics; Controlled Environment Engineering.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

College of Engineering -

The College of Engineering was founded when the University of Arizona opened its doors in 1885. Mining was the bedrock of Arizona’s economy at that time, and educating mining engineers was a top priority – indeed, it still is.

As the state’s economy grew and diversified, the College of Engineering continued to play a pivotal role in providing the research and engineering expertise necessary for that growth.

In today’s competitive environment, graduates of the college are the entrepreneurs developing high-tech companies that are creating jobs and improving our quality of life.

An engineering education will provide the research to build new industries and the knowledge for those who run them.

College of Engineering  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Dava R Jondall
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dava R Jondall
Director of Graduate Studies
Muluneh Yitayew
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

3 Letters of recommendation.  Letters must be signed and on official Letter Head.

Statement of Purpose

Resume or CV

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE and TOEFL (or IELTS)

Minimum GRE Verbal: 138
Minimum GRE Quantitative: 151
Minumum GRE Written: 3.0

Minimum TOEFL: 79 (IB) or 550 (PB)

Minimum IELTS: composite score of 7 (no subject below 6)




Financial Aid

Please note that 1) the Department is not able to provide a guarantee of funding and 2) the International College requires that all international students provide a Financial Guarantee (see the Proof of Financial Resources located on


Graduate Tuition and Registration scholarships sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the University of Arizona Graduate College and the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering may be available on a competitive basis.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: Sept. 30

International Applicants:

  • Fall: Feb. 1
  • Spring: June 30
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 0117, 0119, 0102, 0103, 0107,0122, 0112, 0114, 0199, 0224,0226,0205,0206,0212,0308,0409,0405,0502,0605,0631,0705,1004,1001,1101,1102,1103,1107,1109,1199,1301,1399,1501,1502,1602,1615,1616,1612,1699

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Minimum of 30 Credit hours.

The ABE ME requires a minimum of 30 units of graduate credit consisting of:

  • 12 units in major area of interest

  • 3 units of Advanced Engineering Science

  • 3 units of Applied Engineering Mathematics

  • 3 units of Engineering Management/Business

  • 3 units of Entrepreneurship/Innovation

  • 3 units of Elective, approved by Advisor

  • 3 units of Research Project (ABE 909)

The ABE ME program requires the completion of a student research project. 

The research project consists of a written report and an oral presentation before the candidate’s ME committee members. The academic advisor/chair and committee members must approve of the final written and oral reports.

The ME research project shall be determined in collaboration with the candidate and his/her academic mentor (which may include an industrial sponsor).

The student must submit a proposal for the research project by 15 units of course work, to his/her academic advisor/chair.

Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 22 May 2014