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Program/Degree
Biosystems Engineering (MS) - Accelerated Master's Program 
Program Description

In 2018 the Department name, along with the graduate program names, changed to Biosystems Engineering. Like similar departments at most Land Grant universities, this department is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering. The 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 specially suited to their needs.

Through the Biosystems Engineering Accelerated Masters Program (BEMSAMP), BEBS majors can leverage their undergraduate work in Biosystems Engineering into a graduate degree through the investment of one additional year of coursework. During the BEBS student’s senior year, the student may take up to 12 units of graduate-level coursework which will be applied to the BEBS degree and the BEMSAMP degree. 

Students who choose this option must meet the University 3.3 GPA requirements.  The BEBS students, who wish to apply to this program, must receive permission from the Department professional Advisor.

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Biosystems Engineering -

The Biosystems Engineering Department focuses 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. The Biosystems Engineering Department is developing innovative systems to sustainably feed an increasing population through cutting-edge technology, sustainable practices, and the drive to make a difference in the world. We build sustainable solutions that create resilience among society, the environment, and the economy. We are currently working on many projects, including the following:

  • Optimizing growth conditions in controlled environment agriculture

  • Finding alternative fuel and feed sources

  • Irrigating crops sustainably

  • Analyzing big data sets generated from using sensors and controls and looking at metagenomics

Our graduate students are developing innovative systems to tackle quality of life issues regarding food and water availability.  Equipped with engineering, life science, and data science expertise, our students are prepared to address quality of life challenges and create resiliency among society, the environment, and the economy.  

The Biosystems Engineering Department offers the following graduate programs: Accelerated Master of Science (for Current UofA BEUndergraduate students), Biosystems Engineering Master of Science Degree and Biosystems Analytics & Technology Master of Science Degree, the Biosystems Engineering Doctor of Philosophy Degree, and the Biosystems Analytics & Technology Doctor of Philosophy Degree.

Our Biosystems Engineering graduate degree programs can be designed to fit almost any need in the general field of the application of science, technology, or engineering principles.

The flexibility of our graduate programs 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 applications. Interdisciplinary desires of students are met by taking classes across the broad spectrum available in the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and other divisions on campus.

There is an 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, precision agriculture, statistical informatics, data-mining, and cyberinfrastructure development.

Candidates who wish to complete an Engineering Degree should apply to either the Biosystems Engineering MS program or the Biosystems Engineering Ph.D. program. The Biosystems Engineering degree programs prepare graduates to design engineering solutions, as well as, utilize technology and data to solve real-world problems in biological field of precision agriculture, remote sensing, water management, statistical informatics, data-mining, and cyberinfrastructure development.

Candidates who wish to complete a Science-based Technology degree should apply to either the Biosystems Analytics & Technology MS program or Biosystems Analytics & Technology Ph.D. program.  The Biosystems Analytics & Technology MS and Ph.D. programs prepare graduates to use technology and data to solve biological problems related to precision agriculture, remote sensing, water management, statistical informatics, data-mining, and cyberinfrastructure development.

Engineering Administration -

 
College
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences College of Engineering  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Dava Renee Jondall
520-621-1753
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dava Renee Jondall
520-621-1753
Director of Graduate Studies
Donald C Slack
520-621-7230
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
520-621-3484
 
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements:

Students in the Biosystems Engineering BS degree program and 3.30 UA Cum GPA.

Required Material for the Graduate Application:

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

Statement of Purpose

Resume or CV

All applicants are required to:

Applicants must upload unofficial pdf versions of all transcripts when submitting their application in our GradApp system. 

Candidates review the Graduate College Transcript Requirements located at http://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/requirements/transcript-requirements, before sending Official Transcripts to the Graduate College.

 
Standardized Tests

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

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

GRE Institution code for the University of Arizona 4832


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

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

http://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/admissions-requirements/international-students/proficiency-in-english

The institution code for the University of Arizona 4832.

 
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 http://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/admissions-requirements/international-students).

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

Applicants are encouraged to apply for institutional funding offered through the UA Graduate College, including Graduate Access Fellowships, UA/SIGP Fellowships, and NASA Scholarships.  Domestic students should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Loans, FAFSA, to qualify for institutional funding http://fafsa.gov/.  Detailed information on UA financial aid may be found at http://grad.arizona.edu/financial-resources.

 
Admissions Deadlines

UA BEBS Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: June
  • Spring: November

UA BEBS International Applicants:

  • Fall: June
  • Spring: November
 
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

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minimum of 30 Credit hours, which consist of at least 25 non-thesis units and 5 Thesis (910) units or Report (909).

Minimum Requirements are:

  • 3 units STATS 571B
  • 3 units of either a Statistics, Numerical Analysis, Mathematics/Modeling
  • 12 units of BE Courses
  • 2 units of BE 501
  • 2 units of BE696A, (students who are presenting)
  • 5 units of BE (910) Thesis or BE 909 Engineering Report (under his/her faculty advisor’s section number).
  • 3 units of an Elective course (per faculty advisor’s approval)

Additional information and requirements may be found at https://be.arizona.edu/ or at https://abe.arizona.edu/sites/abe.arizona.edu/files/GraduateProgramManual_52218.pdf

 
Minor Requirements

N/A for MS and AMPMS degree programs at the UA.

 
Student Handbook
https://abe.arizona.edu/sites/abe.arizona.edu/files/GraduateProgramManual_52218.pdf  
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Last revised 19 Jul 2018