Graduate students in the top-ranked* Texas A&M University Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering enjoy small class size and frequent one-to-one contact with professors, even though our department is among the largest of its kind. What’s more, our faculty will be actively involved in helping develop your career, from advising you on the selection of your courses to helping you make contact with our many industrial partners, many of whom are among our more than 2, 000 Former Students. The Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department offers these advanced degrees:
Students entering the graduate program in the Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University may select a research topic from a broad array of fileds. The high level of funding support for agriculture and engineering in Texas, the diversity of agriculture, and the breadth of faculty expertise and research interests contribute to a large number of research programs from which to choose. The following major areas of agricultural engineering research are offered:
- Environmental & Natural Resource Engineering
- Bioprocess Engineering
- Biomaterials Science
- Machine & Energy Systems
- Systems Analysis
- Food, Feed & Fiber Processing
The Master of Agriculture is a non-engineering degree program, primarily for students with a baccalaureate in Agricultural Systems Management, Mechanized Agriculture or a similar degree. All of the other advanced degrees are engineering degrees. An undergraduate engineering degree or its equivalent is a prerequisite for an advanced engineering degree.
If you don’t have an undergraduate engineering degree, but you have to have a strong academic background in mathematics or science, you may still be admitted to a graduate program in engineering. The prerequisite course work required for the successful completion of the Engineering-in-Training exam, identifies by your advisor and approved by the department head, will be taken at the same time as the graduate courses. Otherwise, a second baccalaureate in agricultural engineering is recommended. Full details are contained in the Graduate Handbook.
Master of Science
The Master of Science degree requires you to complete advanced course work and to become skilled in research methodology. You’ll be expected to plan, conduct and analyze a comprehensive research project, and to report the findings in a thesis, a scholarly document of research conducted in accordance with accepted scientific methodology. The department houses two Master of Science programs. One of which is Agricultural Systems Management, while the other is in Biological and Agricultural Engineering.