Master of Science (Agricultural Systems)

INTRODUCTION

            The Master's Program in Agricultural Systems (AGS) is a degree course for agricultural researchers. extension and development agents and planners from government and non-government organizations working in developing countries. The basic program is set for two years.

            The objective is to provide concepts and tools of an interdisciplinary systems approach for the analysis of interacting bio-physical and socio-economic processes in the function and development of agricultural systems, for the purpose of the design. implementation and evaluation of research and development plans. programs and projects.

            The Program was first offered in Thai in 1983 and was later taught in English as an international program in 1988 with two fields of specialization or options: agricultural production systems and agricultural management and development. The former is designed for students with agricultural science background while the latter aims for those with agricultural science or economic background. In recent years there is a growing need from farm and agri-business managers, government officers and NGO workers for modern business methods to help sustain growth and meet increasing competition in regional and global markets. To fill this need the program started to offer Agribusiness and Management courses in 1999.

            The majority of students have working experience either as university lecturers or researchers from the region: namely China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Philippines. Indonesia, Laos and Thailand.

            The course combines theoretical concepts, analytical tools, practicum, case studies, seminars and workshops to enable students to undertake interdisciplinary studies of agricultural production systems with a view to identifying key relationships, priorities and questions far agricultural research and development.

            Students are given an exposure to systems concepts in a series of core courses, and the necessary depth of understanding through complementary specialist options.

The foreign students are given support to carry out research in their home countries, though they have time and seasonal constraints in data collection and field experimentation, respectively. The results, however, have practical implication and provide research input to the overall research framework of their home institutes.

            The student research findings have been presented in the national and international forums, and also have been published in journals. Before completion of the final draft of thesis research, students have to present their findings in the weekly Wednesday seminar, well attended by students, teaching staff, and researchers of the Center, thus providing opportunity for academic exchange among interdisciplinary groups.

 

               

 

PROGRAM EXCELLENCE

            The Agricultural Systems Program has a proven record of achievement in interdisciplinary programs. Its teachers and academic staff are recognized nationally and internationally in the field of specialization in Information Systems for Agricultural Development Sustainable Agriculture, Natural Resources Management. Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Business, etc. which can address issues related to agricultural development and poverty reduction.

            The program has both strong linkage with other leading education and research/ institutions and close links with line agencies in the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

 

In addition, the Program is well-equipped to accommodate research, with 10 hectares of fully-irrigated experimental station, laboratories for soil, plant and disease analysis and a computer laboratory which is one of the best research and teaching program units on campus.

            Scholarships are available from potential supporting agencies such as the Department of Technical and Economic Cooperation-DTEC, Thailand, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

            The time taken to complete this Program is two years. A total of 36 credits are required. Courses are organized in two groups: core courses and optional courses which are as follows:

 

Core courses:

- Basic Agricultural Systems

- Case Study of Agricultural Systems

- Research Formulation and Communication

- Seminar in Agricultural Systems I, II

 

Optional courses:

- Analysis of Agricultural Systems

- Agricultural Systems and Economic Development

- Environmental Stress and Crop Production

- Modeling and Simulation in Agricultural Systems

- Spatial Information Systems for Resource Management

- Decision Support Systems for Agricultural Resources Management

- Agricultural Marketing and Management - Quantitative Methods in Agricultural Systems Management

- Social Context of Agricultural Systems Development and Management

- Economics of Land and Water Resource Management

- Economics of Forestry and Agroforestry Management

- Development Project Planning and Management

- Logistic Management in Agribusiness - Information Technology for Agricultural Systems Studies

- Managerial Economics for Agribusiness

 

RESEARCH AREAS:

   The following topics are examples of AGS Staff research interest:

- Sustainable Agriculture

- Agricultural Production Systems

- Agronomic and Socio-economic Aspects of Agroforestry

- Soil Fertility Management for Sustainable Agriculture in Field Crops or Tree Crops

- Technology Transfer and Farmer Adoption

- Women in Development

- Agribusiness Management

- Agricultural Marketing

- Futures and Options Markets Analysis

- Land / Water and Natural Resource Management

- Application of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing in Resource Management

- Integration of Spatial Information System for Supporting Decisions in Agriculture

- Agricultural Systems Modeling

- Development and Application of Crop and Soil Models for Decision Support Systems

- Development and Application of Expert  Systems in Agronomic Management

 

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS:

   Applicants must satisfy the following general requirements of the Graduate School:

- Hold a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or   university;

- Have never been dismissed from any educational institution for reason of misconduct

- Be free of specific health problems which may prevent reasonable progress toward degree completion, and

- Be under 40 years of age.

 

SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM :

1. Hold a minimum of B.S. or B.A. (orequi valent) in agriculture or related sciences, and

2. Have a reasonable knowledge of English (minimum TOEFL score of soo or other proof of English proficiency).

 

 

 

ADMISSION CRITERIA

The Selection Committee of the Graduate Program will consider academic performance, references and qualifications among criteria for assessing individual candidates.

The Committee may arrange an interview with the applicant if necessary. Applicants must submit a separate letter indicating the need and reason for the scholarship, together with the required document.

 

CONTACT ADDRESS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION :

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