Distance Education

White chickensThe Texas A&M Poultry Science Department currently offers a number of courses online.  However, to enroll in any of these courses, you must first be enrolled at Texas A&M as an undergraduate or graduate student.  For a list of all courses online for each semester, please see the following web site:  TAMU Office of Admissions and Records – Course Schedules

Master of Agriculture in Poultry Science

The Master of Agriculture (“MAG”) program in the Poultry Science Department is intended to prepare individuals for leadership roles in professional careers in agriculture and life sciences. This is a non-thesis, professional degree program which emphasizes the development of problem solving skills and the practical aspects of academic coursework. Because of the diverse nature of the careers selected by MAG graduates, degree plans will vary considerably and are generally unique for each individual.

How do you get the class content?

The primary delivery system for course materials and student-teacher communication is the internet. Using the Blackboard Vista platform as the interface for the course, students can view streaming videos of lectures, access supplemental notes, slide presentations, and resource materials through the TAMU Library. Required textbooks may be purchased online as well. Streaming video gives the student the sense of being in the actual classroom. These are not just “canned” courses. All lectures are presented in an asynchronous format, in other words, you do not have to be logged into the course web site at the same time as the class here on campus. You may view the lectures online at anytime of the day or night

What courses will I need to take?

The Poultry Science MAG degree plan offered through the Poultry Science Department consists of 36 hours of course work, a professional paper and a comprehensive final oral examination to be administered by the advisory committee. The courses are selected by the students and his/her advisory committee to develop skills and expertise in specific academic areas to meet the student’s career objectives. These areas may include but are not limited to:

  • Live Production (nutrition, physiology, diseases, waste management, etc.)
  • Nutrition (nutrition, feed formulation, vitamins, minerals, etc)
  • Processing/Safety (poultry meat processing, microbiology, HACCP etc).

It will take approximately 3-4 years to complete this degree online if the student takes only one or two courses a semester. For a time-frame reference, students attending those same courses here on campus at a full course load of 9 hours a semester would complete those same 36 hours in about 1.5 – 2 years.

Courses Available Online:

Chicks hatching out of their shellsAdvanced Undergraduate Level courses
POSC 333 – Instincts & Behavior
POSC 326 – Commercial Egg Industry
POSC 411 – Poultry Nutrition
POSC 412 – Poultry Feed Formulation
POSC 427 – Animal Waste Management

Graduate Level courses
POSC 609 – Avian Physiology
POSC 615 – Avian Nutrition
POSC 625 – Least Cost Feed Formulation
POSC 628 – Advanced Poultry Meat Processing
POSC 634 – Diseases of Poultry
POSC 645 – Nutrition & Metabolism of Vitamins
POSC 649 – Immunology

Plus several other courses in development.
Additional courses from other Texas A&M departments can also be used (eg. statistics, food plant sanitation, food law, feed milling, etc.) Courses completed through other universities can be credited toward your degree at Texas A&M.

Is there technical support available?

The Poultry Science Department maintains a full-time support person to assist on-line students with computer and procedural questions.  Additionally, Computing and Information Services maintains Help Desk Central that is manned 24 hours a day to assist the students, faculty, and staff of Texas A&M University with your information technology questions.

How much will it cost?

Tuition and fees for distance education programs can vary significantly depending on factors such as Texas residency, and other costs necessary to deliver a course. The following figures are general estimates of tuition and fees for a 3 credit hour course and are based on the latest rate structure. The university does the exact determinations at the time of registration each semester.
In-State Students — $1,531.00
Out-of-State Students — $2,551.00
Most distance education students qualify for the Federal Stafford Loan. Additionally, many companies provide financial assistance to their employees for educational expenses so students should check all potential assistance sources.

How do I apply?

For admission to Graduate Studies as a degree-seeking student, applicants must meet minimum entrance requirements as set by the Texas A&M University Office of Admissions and Records and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Satisfying the minimum criteria qualifies an applicant for consideration but does not guarantee admission to the program.
Acceptance criteria:
1. Undergraduate academic record
2. Recommendation forms
3. GRE test scores
4. Applicant statement of desire/purpose
5. International students whose native language is not English must fulfill an English proficiency requirement, through either English Proficiency Verification or English Language Certification.
It is recommended that you contact the Poultry Science Department Distance Education Coordinator and discuss your background with a faculty advisor before you apply.
Admission to Graduate Studies as a non-degree seeking student (NDS) requires all of the items listed above except the GRE. NDS students may reapply for degree seeking at a later date but there are limitations as to the number of courses taken as NDS that can be used towards a degree. International students are not eligible for NDS status.

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Need more information?

For specific questions about the Online Masters of Agriculture in Poultry Science, please contact

Elizabeth Hirschler, M. Agr.
Distance Education Program Coordinator
Phone:  979-862-7694
Email:  lhirschler@poultry.tamu.edu

Our mailing address is:

Texas A&M University
Department of Poultry Science
Kleberg Center, Rm 101
2472-tamu
College Station, Texas  77843-2472

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