The Master of Professional Studies in Agriculture and Life Sciences is a one-year program under the field of Global Development and was created in 1974 primarily for professionals interested in the multidisciplinary dimensions of rural development in developing countries, such as those employed by governments and non-governmental organizations.
The curriculum is especially relevant to experienced practitioners from any country that requires broad-gauged perspectives and knowledge about agriculture and development. The MPS graduate program provides various forums for critically analyzing alternative strategies and for learning about practices, technologies, approaches, and trends in agriculture and rural development efforts around the world. The program also provides opportunities to review and update skills in a discipline or other specialty.
The program is designed for people who have already embarked on an international career and whose professional plans include upgrading relevant skills and knowledge important to their future needs. With help from the Special Committee of faculty advisors, students tailor programs to suit their objectives from a wide selection of courses in the College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS) and other colleges. MPS candidates carry out an applied special project paper to fulfill the requirements for the degree. The project paper is intended to provide a vehicle for application of problem solving analysis to real world issues in low income countries.
International Agriculture and Rural Development (IARD) is also offered as a minor for graduate students at the MS and PhD levels. Requirements for the minor will depend on the student’s own major field and will be specified by the faculty member representing Global Development on the student’s graduate committee. Typically, 2-3 courses will be required.