Master in Agricultural Systems and Engineering (ASE)
In response to regional demand for professional training, two areas of specialization are offered: Agricultural Systems (AS) and Agricultural Engineering (AE). Students are trained to develop, adopt and disseminate knowledge and technologies that focus on the utilization and management of biological and agricultural systems and natural resources. Both AS and AE are in a productive alliance to complement each other within the wide spectrum of activities being undertaken at Agricultural Systems and Engineering (ASE). The ASE places its emphasis on sustainable agricultural development based on a holistic understanding of agronomic and biophysical production factors, from the perspective of producer and the effects of economic and social forces on agricultural enterprises.
It highlights the application of biological sciences, engineering, socio-economic policies and programs, and support services to agriculture to increase the efficiency of agricultural production systems through availability and efficient use of inputs and management of natural resources.Fieldwork and practical exercises have been inseparable from agricultural curricula at ASE. At ASE, we strive to comply with up-to-date methodologies and practices while making the best use of available resources. Through its professional linkages formal or informal, with private and public sectors, ASE has been efficiently handling quality research activities.
Coursework and Research areas
The curriculum offered by the ASE program includes courses mainly in:
- Agricultural Systems Analysis
- Agricultural Environments
- Farm Production Engineering
- Crop Eco-physiology and Modeling
- Human Factors Engineering
- Design and Testing of Agricultural Equipment
- Crop Productivity Management
- Livestock Productivity Management
- Agricultural Systems
- Farm Management Economics
- Precision Agriculture
- Agricultural Soil Mechanics
- Instrumentation and Measurement Techniques
- Aquacultural Engineering
- Controlled Environment Agriculture
- Integrated Pest Management
- Agricultural Watershed System
- Agricultural Sector and Policy Analysis
To be eligible for admission to the regular master's program, an applicant must:
- hold a Bachelor degree (normally from a four-year program), or its equivalent, in an appropriate field of study from an institution of good standing acceptable to AIT.
- have undergraduate grades significantly above average; the minimum GPA requirement for admission to the master's program is 2.75 or equivalent at the Bachelor degree level.
- be in satisfactory physical and mental health, and have a record of good conduct.