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Program/Degree
Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering (PHD) 
Program Description

 

The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department PhD 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)

Engineering Administration -

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 

 
College
College of Engineering College of Agriculture & Life Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Dava R Jondall
520-621-1753
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dava R Jondall
520-621-1753
Director of Graduate Studies
Muluneh Yitayew
520-621-7232
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

GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

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, prior to 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


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

All test scores must be sent electronically, by the testing center,  to the UA Graduate college, using the University of Arizona’s Institution Code is 4832. 

*The UA Code is chosen upon registration for tests such as the TOEFL or GRE.  Typically within two weeks of the test date, score results are sent electronically to the university.

 

 

 
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 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
NRC Taxon(a) for this program: Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Minimum of 63 Credit hours consisting of 45 Non- Dissertation units and 18 Dissertation units

Minimum Requirements are: 36 of major course work and 9 units of minor course work.

  • Total Minor units will depending on the Minor Department requirements

Additional requirements may be found at https://abe.arizona.edu/sites/abe.arizona.edu/files/GraduateProgramManual_09.01.17.pdf

 

 
Minor Requirements

Total of 10 ABE units consisting of: 

  • 1 Unit of 696A-002
  • 9 Units of ABE course work, approved by ABE Minor professor

 

 
Student Handbook
https://abe.arizona.edu/sites/abe.arizona.edu/files/GraduateProgramManual_09.01.17.pdf  

Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 63%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 4.50
 
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 61%
Enrollment Percent Female 39%
Enrollment Percent International 46%
Enrollment Percent URM 0%

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Last revised 11 Sep 2017