Agricultural Production, MS - Professional Science Master's

for the Master of Science in Agricultural Production, Professional Science Master’s Concentration

graduate program coordinator: Robert Knox

correspondence and admissions: Carolyn Thomas

department website:

college website:

overview of graduate college admissions & requirements: Graduate Admissions

overview of college admissions & requirements:

department office: 110 Animal Sciences Lab, 1207 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 333-1044

college email:

illinois psm email:

Graduate Degree Programs in Agricultural Production

Agricultural Production, MS -- Professional Science Master's

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science degree with a Major in Agricultural Production and Concentration in Professional Science Master’s (PSM). Fields of specialization within this interdisciplinary program include Food Animal Production, Crop Production, and Sustainable Production Systems. In addition to the rigorous scientific training in the area of agricultural production, instruction is provided in applied business knowledge and skills. This program is designed for those who seek careers in a science-based setting with significant managerial and leadership responsibilities.


Candidates for admission to the M.S. and Ph.D. programs must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution equivalent to those from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher (A = 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and for any graduate study is required for admission. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all applicants and the minimum acceptable Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is 590 on the paper-based test, 243 on the computer-based test, or 79 on the internet-based test. Applications are only accepted for the fall semester. Transfer credit may not be applied.

Financial Aid

Illinois PSM students may not hold assistantships or other tuition and fee waiver-generating appointments; statutory waivers and tuition scholarships are accepted.

for the Master of Science in Agricultural Production, Professional Science Master’s Concentration

Business courses prescribed by the Illinois PSM program10
PSM 501PSM Industry Seminar I0
PSM 502PSM Industry Seminar II0
PSM 503PSM Industry Seminar III0
PSM 555PSM Internship0
32 hours of coursework required from departmental approved list in any ONE of the three specialty areas (Food Animal Production, Crop Production, Sustainable Production Systems), with a minimum of 8-hours required at the 500-level32
Total Hours42

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
The PSM Concentration is required.
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Minimum GPA: 2.75