Our Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate degrees within the College of Agricultural Sciences.

A Penn State Ag Sciences graduate degree separates you from the pack in the job market and helps prepare you for continued success in academics and research.  

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Provides the opportunity to gain expertise in areas of engineering for biological/agricultural systems corresponding to your professional interests.

Agricultural and Environmental Plant Science

Emphasizes research that increases the efficiency of production of agronomic and horticultural crops, improves the quality of food, feed, and fiber available for humans and animals, develops an understanding of the basic soil-plant-animal climate complex, and improves the overall quality of the human environment.

Animal Science

Integrates all disciplines that relate to the function and care of animals, with specializations in areas such as animal management, genetics and genomics, reproductive biology, and more.

BioRenewable Systems

Combines scientific research with the principles of systems technology, business, management, marketing, leadership development, and entrepreneurship for biorenewable systems.

Education, Development, and Community Engagement

Emphasizes agricultural and extension education, youth and family programming, state-level administration, local-level administration, private industry, and international education.


Supports cutting-edge research in insect sciences with program themes like chemical ecology, ecological applications, disease biology and ecology, and pollinator biology and ecology.

Food Science

Advances knowledge in the processing and manufacture of foods to ensure consumers can make healthful choices from affordable, safe, nutritious, and appealing foods.

Forest Resources

Focuses on research, education, and scientific technology in the fields of forest resource management, forest biology, environmental concerns, and forest products.


Explores immunology, microbiology, nutrition, biochemistry, virology, veterinary pathology, physiology, or toxicology, as related to human and animal health.

Plant Pathology

Focuses on education and research in the study of plant disease ranging from molecular, cell, and evolutionary biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, and functional genomics to whole-plant physiology and ecology.

Rural Sociology

Addresses rural societal organization, including social change, community structure, population, rural community development, the structure of agriculture, natural resources, and the environment.

Soil Science

Provides opportunities for candidates interested in soil and related water resources to become a professional leader and an independent scholar.

Wildlife and Fisheries Science

Advances an understanding of the biology and management of terrestrial or aquatic wildlife species and their environments.

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Office for Research and Graduate Education
217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802

Graduate Program Coordinators