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Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering (MS) Accelerated Master's Program 
Program Description

The Accelerated Master’s Program in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering (AM) is a program designed to enable advanced UA undergraduate students to complete both the Bachelor of Science degree in Biosystems Engineering and the Master of Science degree in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering in a total of five (5) years. This program is available only for undergraduate students majoring in Biosystems Engineering at the UA.

The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department Accelerated Master of Science Degree program offers students the opportunity for study and research in many fields, including the following:  Controlled Environment Agriculture; Water Resources; Biometry and Biosystems Informatics; Food, Bioproducts, and Renewable Energy. The flexibility of the program allows students, in consultation with their advisors, to develop programs specifically suited to their needs.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering -

Departmental programs focus on biological systems and water related issues such as irrigation and water quality, and biosystems applications, including computer modeling, sensors and controls, and systems design and evaluation. However, students will find that a program can be designed to fit almost any need in the general field of the application of engineering principles to the solution of agricultural and biological engineering problems. The flexibility of the program allows international and domestic students, in consultation with their advisors, to develop programs specifically suited to their needs. The University of Arizona is a diverse institution and therefore provides courses in many different areas to support specific and general programs. Interdisciplinary desires of students are met by taking courses across the broad spectrum available in the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and other divisions on campus.

The Agricultural and Biosystems EngineeringDepartment offers the following graduate programs: Accelerated Master of Science (for Current UofA Undergraduate students), Master of Science Degree, and the Doctor of Philosophy Degree.

There is opportunity for study and research in many fields, including the following:

Controlled Environment Agriculture; Water Resources; Biometry and Biosystems Informatics; Food, Bioproducts, and Renewable Energy 

Engineering Administration -

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences 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

Biosystems Engineering Majors submit an online application UAGraduate College, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Acclerated Masters of Science Program.  After acceptance into the ABE Acclerated Masters program, the students register during their senior (fourth) year to take a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses. These courses will serve both as electives for the BS degree and as core or elective courses for the MS degree. 

After completing graduate requirements, the student will receive credit toward their udergraduate degree and a Master’s degree.

Eligibility criteria

To be considered eligible to apply for the AMP, students must:

  • Be a continuing, undergraduate Engineering Major at the University of Arizona.

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3.

  • At the time of application, have completed a minimum of 75 units of undergraduate coursework; a minimum of 12 undergraduate units must have been completed in the student’s major at the University of Arizona’s main campus.

  • Completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credit hours is required at the time of application; a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours is required at the time of entry into the AMP. If the student’s GPA falls below 3.3 at the time they have completed 90 units, the student will not be admitted into the program. Courses taken for audit may not be included in the total number of units counted for eligibility or admission
  • Research experience as an undergraduate is not a requirement, but it is desirable.

Additional application requirements:

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

Statement of Purpose

Resume or CV

GRE Scores

Standardized Tests

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

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

Additional information on the GRE can be found at

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

UA Graduate College policies on AMPs

Students will be considered undergraduates until they complete the required 128 units for the BSBE undergraduate degree.  

Once admitted to the AMP, students may take up to 12 units of graduate coursework. The Graduate units taken during the senior year will be applied towards the:

  1.  128 units required for the BSBE degree.
  2.  30 units required for the ABEMS degree

Students will be charged at the undergraduate rate and retain eligibility for undergraduate scholarships.

After completion of all BS requirements, students will be granted graduate status, be charged at the graduate rate, and be eligible for graduate assistantships.

Should a student have completed 12 graduate credits and not yet completed the undergraduate degree, they will be considered graduate for financial aid and tuition purposes and coded as “graduate” in the UAccess Student System. They will no longer be eligible for undergraduate scholarships. Nor will they be eligible for graduate assistantships.

Students must complete their BS undergraduate requirements no later than one semester before receiving their MS.

A miniumum of 12 graduate units must be completed after the BS degree requirements are met.  A total of 30 gradutate credit hours must be taken: which consist of at least 25 non-thesis units and 5 thesis (910) units or 5 engineering report (909) units. 

Minimum Requirements are:
•    3 units Experimental Design course
•    3 units of either a Statistics, Numerical Analysis, Mathematics/Modeling
•    16 units of ABE courses including:

  • 2 units of ABE 501
  • 2 units of ABE696A-002, (students who are presenting)
  • 5 units of ABE 910 Thesis or ABE 909 Engineering Report (under his/her faculty advisor’s section number).
  • 3 units of an Elective course (per faculty advisor’s approval)

In addition, every Graduate student is required to take ABE696A-001 each semester they are not presenting.
Additional requirements may be found in the Graduate Student Handbook:

Minor Requirements
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Last revised 11 Sep 2017