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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 -

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 Renee Jondall
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dava Renee Jondall
Director of Graduate Studies
Donald C Slack
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
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, 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)

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

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  Detailed information on UA financial aid may be found at

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 or at

Minor Requirements

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

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Last revised 19 Jul 2018