Agriculture and Life Sciences, M.P.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

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.

The degree program requires at least 30 credits of course work and two residence units (S/B registration units). Six credits are earned for an applied research project. About half of the work is in the student's area of concentration, and half is in complementary areas of analysis. Candidates can expect to complete their degree requirements in eleven to eighteen months. If more work in the substantive specialization is desired, the candidate is expected to undertake the work during the summer or in an additional semester.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-3035

B75 Mann Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • international agriculture and rural development



Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: April 15; Spring: No Admissions

Requirements Summary:


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.


This assessment plan is written on the presumption that the merger of the fields of International Development and International Agriculture & Rural Development is approved as currently submitted.

Learn more about the assessment plan.