Faculty: Alatout, Albrecht, Barak, Bart, Bell (co-chair), Bland, Bussan, Casler, Collins, Colquhoun, Cox, Cullen, Davis, Dennis, Feinstein, Genskow, Gilbert, Gratton, Harrington, Hogg, Hueth, Jackson (co-chair), Kloppenberg, Kriegl, Kucharik, Luschei, MacGuidwin, Madison, McCown, Mitchell, Morales, Nienhuis, Norman, Nowak, Ozdogan, Patterson, Posner, Reinemann, Renz, Rissman, Ruark, Shapiro, Stoltenberg, Thompson, Tracy, Treves, Ventura, Wattiaux, Zedler
Agroecology is the study of agriculture as a human endeavor embedded in society and environment. The program is based on the ideas that the most beneficial agriculture will emerge from broadly participatory discussions about agricultural practice, and it is dedicated to the training of students and the facilitation of informed discussion about new directions in agriculture.
The program aims to train analysts and researchers in a broadened vision of the possibilities of agriculture. Social, environmental, ethical and economic concerns are stimulating reconsideration of what is appropriate agricultural technology and how best to structure socioeconomic relationships. Great opportunity lies in our emerging appreciation of the power of conflict management, community development, and inclusive participatory processes to lead to wise and equitable decisions about agriculture. By coming to appreciate issues in context and through exposure to concepts of systems, ecology, and public process, graduates will shape the evolution of a new agriculture.
The program's curriculum reflects the interdisciplinary nature of agroecology and offers to all students an opportunity to study in such areas as animal welfare, biodiversity, community, ecosystems, food safety, genetics, hydrology, land use, large and small farms, media, public debate, public spaces, soil biology, waste management, water use, and wildlife habitat.
Candidates applying to the M.S. degree in agroecology should submit an online Graduate School application. Official GRE scores are required and should be sent electronically from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Use ETS institution code 1846. TOEFL scores are required of all applicants whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English. TOEFL scores are sent electronically from ETS. Use ETS institution code 1846. Letters of recommendation are done electronically. Candidates should list three references in the online application for admission.
To complete the application process, candidates should submit the following to the Agroecology Program Administrator at the address below:
For more information: Graduate Coordinator for the Agroecology Program, 364A Moore Hall-Agronomy, 1575 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-890-1456; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.agroecology.wisc.edu.
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