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Agriculture and Life Sciences (Natural Resources)

Cornell University

12 months
39466 USD/year
39466 USD/year
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The Agriculture and Life Sciences (Natural Resources) degree program at Cornell University CALS is ideal for career-focused students interested in the thorough study of issues and advancements in the fields of life, social, and environmental sciences and agriculture.


Though similar to a Master of Science (MS) degree in its academic rigor, the Agriculture and Life Sciences (Natural Resources) degree differs from a traditional MS degree in its structure and focus. An MS is research based, with students building a thesis over the course of two or three years. In contrast, the MPS degree is a one-year, course-based program where students study the intricacies and in-depth questions of their field of study.

Instead of a thesis or research project, MPS students complete a capstone project during their final semester. To understand this difference in greater detail, please visit our FAQ page.

At Cornell University CALS, our MPS program spans multiple fields of study within the realm of agriculture and life sciences, including animal science, food science, global development, horticulture, plant and soil science, biological and environmental engineering, and more.

Learning Outcomes

  • Problem-Solving and Analytical Skills
  • Specialized Subject Matter Competence
  • Writing Skills
  • Group Work, Management and Leadership Skills
  • Communication and Presentation Skills

Programme Structure

Concentrations by Subject

  • applied ecology
  • community-based natural resources management
  • conservation biology
  • fishery and aquatic science
  • policy and institutional analysis
  • program development and evaluation
  • quantitative ecology
  • risk analysis and management
  • social analysis & environmental decision making (minor) (minor)
  • water resource management (minor) (minor)
  • wildlife science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit unofficial copies of your college and university transcripts. An official paper transcript is required for all admitted students.
  • Update GRE requirement by field. 
  • Submit your résumé or CV and letters of recommendation. Most graduate fields require 2-3 letters of recommendation. 
  • All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. International students demonstrate proficiency by submitting official test scores from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS Academic  (International English Language Testing System). Cornell does not accept PTE Academic scores or any other alternatives. An application cannot be considered complete until Cornell receives official scores from ETS or IELTS Academic.  
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose. 

Tuition Fee

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    39466 USD/year
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Living costs for Ithaca

1128 - 2460 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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