Ph.D. in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering North Dakota State University - Graduate School
The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering offers graduate study leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The program emphasizes solving engineering problems for agricultural production, food and biofuels processing, and environmental resources management. Advanced work may involve specialized training in the following areas:
- Irrigation and drainage engineering
- Agricultural hydrology
- Soil and water resources management
- Livestock waste management
- Air quality, process engineering for food and biofuels, and other bioproducts
- Agricultural machine systems
- Precision agriculture
- Machine vision and intelligent sensors for biological systems
- Post-harvest handling and storage of biomass feedstocks and other biological materials
Student research and academic programs are tailored to individual student needs and interests. Interdisciplinary approaches to agricultural and biosystems engineering programs are fostered.
Scholarships and Funding
Research assistantships are available and dependent on the grant funding of faculty research programs. Applicants are considered on the basis of scholarship and potential to undertake advanced study and research. Students must be accepted into Graduate School before they are eligible for an assistantship.
Ph.D. candidates are encouraged to indicate their research interests when applying for admission and to select an adviser before entering the program. Typically, 3-4 years are required to complete the Ph.D. program after the completion of an M.S. degree.
The degree requirements are in accordance with the NDSU Graduate School requirements. The student's academic adviser will usually be selected during the acceptance process. Prior to the end of the first academic year, the student and academic adviser will arrange for the appointment of a Graduate Advisory Committee.
The student and major adviser will prepare a Plan of Study by the end of the first year in residence. The student's Graduate Advisory Committee, the ABEN Department Chair, and the Dean of the Graduate School shall approve the Plan of Study. The Plan of Study (PoS) must be filed in the Graduate School of NDSU. An overall GPA of 3.0 or above must be maintained.