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The University of Arizona — College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Degrees Awarded:
Agricultural Education (MAE or MS), Agricultural and Resource Economics (MS)
Admissions Deadlines:
February 1 (Fall) - Agricultural and Resource Economics
February 1 (Fall) - Natural Resource Studies (option of Natural Resources)
June 1 (Fall) - Agricultural Education
Program Start:
August, January for some departments.
Program Founded:
April, 2001


Up to $20,000 in tuition support, need-based scholarship, Work Study, AmeriCorps opportunities, and paid internships at government and nonprofit organizations in southern Arizona and Mexico border area. Fellows participate in professional development and community service activities.


The University of Arizona College of Agricultural and Life Sciences addresses grand challenges in the environmental sciences, addressing complex issues in the environment with interdisciplinary science strategies linked to real world solutions. Fellows are involved in applied research and outreach with internship options in a wide range of environmentally based organizations in the region.

The Master of Science degree with a major in agricultural and resource economics addresses a broad spectrum of agricultural economics subject matter, with emphasis in natural resources, international business, and agribusiness.

Students can earn pursue a master's or doctorate degree by majoring in Natural Resources, and choosing one of the following options: Natural Resources Studies, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Watershed Management and Ecohydrology, or Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management. This single major highlights core concepts and skills all students learn, and the options highlight specialties within which you can achieve depth through graduate study.

Graduate studies in Water, Society, and Policy provide opportunities in quantitative and qualitative techniques for observation, monitoring, and modeling of processes relevant to the management of water from regional to global scales.

The field of Agricultural Education prepares students to teach in secondary agriculture classrooms, serve as extension educators, and work in agricultural business. A Master's degree in Agricultural Education will also prepare students who wish to pursue higher education as a career.


Apply online to the academic program, as well as to the Fellows program. Applicants must be admitted by The University of Arizona Graduate College and selected for admission to the Fellows program. Fellows carry out a 450 hour internship each year, and participate in community service projects and professional development opportunities. Renewal of funding depends on academic progress and meeting service obligations.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Georgia Ehlers

Graduate College
P.O. Box 210066
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0066
(520) 626-2292
(520) 621-4101

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