The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has announced that new graduate degree programs in agricultural regulations and aquaculture and fisheries will be offered in the fall semester in the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences at the historically Black university.
Students entering the aquaculture/fisheries program must complete 36 total credit hours to earn the degree. A final written report on program projects will be required, and students will present their final project findings in a graduate seminar. The non-thesis graduate degree program in agricultural regulations will be offered with three options: plant and animal systems, food safety, and agricultural policy and economic risk. Students must complete all the requirements (coursework, the final project, and special topics/seminar) for the non-thesis degree program they are enrolled in within six calendar years from the date of initial enrollment.
Bruce W. McGowan, interim dean/director for the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences, stated that “we are excited to offer students this opportunity to earn graduate degrees in these competitive fields. The fact that these are non-thesis programs means students will not be required to write a thesis paper. Instead of focusing on research, these programs will primarily emphasize practical application and training. Equipped with the advanced degree plus firsthand experience, graduates will be in a great position to find well-paying jobs.”