The creative component requirement is the final culminating project for the program, intended to be an in-depth application of the knowledge and skills acquired from the M.S. Agronomy curriculum. The creative component can take many forms, but in all cases includes a written report “based on research, library readings, or topics related to the student's area of specialization and approved by the student's advisory committee.” Since a majority of our students are working professionals, the Creative Component is seen as a means of applying course content to everyday agronomy issues they may face. Ideally, it should be relevant to the student's career interests. Three credits of such independent work is required by the M.S. Agronomy program, and the student must defend their creative component before his/her Program of Study (POS) committee as part of the final oral exam.
Past creative components have included extensive literature reviews, field and laboratory research projects, and instructional modules for teaching or training purposes.
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