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Agriculture and Life Sciences (International Agriculture & Rural Development - Global Development) M.P.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Global Development

Program Description

The Master of Professional Studies in Agriculture and Life Sciences is a 12 month program which provides an interdisciplinary program of study for those who have experience in international development and are seeking to upgrade or update their educational qualifications.

Requirements for the Master of Professional Studies (Agriculture and Life Sciences) degree are two residence units; thirty credits of mostly advanced course work related to the student's professional interests; a problem-solving project; and a minimum grade point average of 2.5. In addition, the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences) program has a Peace Corps option in which the student undertakes two semesters of academic work at Cornell and a Peace Corps assignment. For information and instructions on how to apply, visit the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences)/Peace Corps Web site, or contact International Programs, 33 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; phone 607-255-3035; e-mail:

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-3035

B75 Mann Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • international agriculture and rural development


2018-2019: $35,736

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: March 15; applications received after the application deadline will be considered if space is available

Spring: No Admissions

Requirements Summary:


  • all Graduate School Requirements
  • two academic recommendations
  • minimum two years of development experience
  • GRE scores are not required but may be submitted to strengthen your candidacy

Applicants are expected to have a strong academic background and at least two years of development experience. Professional performance is given some weight in admission decisions. Applicants are advised to submit scores on the GRE general test. Students who have just completed an undergraduate program of study are not eligible to apply to this field.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire knowledge to solve and assess critical real world problems
  • Hone technical skills and capabilities through technical tools, subject matter, and laboratory and/or field studies to enhance problem solving abilities related to fields of interest
  • Think across disciplines (socioeconomic and biophysical) using a system perspective
  • Understand global and local perspectives and issues that impact society
  • Acquire skills to monitor and evaluate projects
  • Improve oral and written communication skills, including the ability to write project and funding proposals, and to effectively present project outputs using a variety of media