The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will offer a master's of agriculture degree designed for working professionals starting in January 2001.

"The new master of agriculture degree program is an exciting new opportunity for advanced technical education in agriculture that should be especially useful to Nebraskans already working in the industry," said Steve Waller, interim dean of NU's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

"Other universities also offer master of agriculture degrees, but UNL's is one of the few nationwide that is available both on campus and via distance education," he said.

Courses in the interdisciplinary program offered via distance education include entomology, agronomy, agricultural leadership and education and biometry. They will be offered on campus and via satellite, videotape, Internet and multimedia instructional software, allowing professionals to fit classes into their busy work schedules, Waller said.

"Graduate instruction is important because of ever-changing technology and regulations in professions like agrichemical, crop consulting and seed industries," he said.

By tailoring their curriculum to their career objectives, professionals can enhance or add areas of expertise in their fields, he said. Distance education technology will allow participants to network with each other, regardless of where they live.

Entry requirements for the master's program include an undergraduate degree in agriculture or a related area, such as biological or physical sciences, and experience in agriculture. Courses also may be taken for professional development, self-improvement or as continuing education units. The new degree was approved by the NU Board of Regents earlier this year.

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is part of NU's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

For further information, contact Steve Waller, interim dean of CASNR, or visit on the World Wide Web.

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