Graduate Study in Biosystems Engineering

Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Michigan State University

Biosystems Engineering (BE) faculty and graduate students are engaged in exciting research in three overall areas: food quality, safety and biosecurity; sustainable ecosystems; and renewable bioenergy systems. Many BE graduate students are given financial support in the form of graduate assistantships that are funded from research grants obtained by the faculty. Graduate assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis, and all applicants are considered as part of the evaluation process.

Our graduate programs in Biosystems Engineering are excellent, and the faculty are eager to have outstanding students join us in our academic pursuits.

Two graduate degree programs in Biosystems Engineering are offered:

  • Master of Science (MS) thesis option, plan A; and non-thesis option, plan B. The MS with thesis option (plan A) is suited for students planning to work in research and development, or for those who hope to continue toward a PhD degree. Plan B, the non-thesis option, is intended for students who want to broaden their knowledge of the field through course work alone. Most MS students follow the Plan A tract.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) The PhD program is designed for students who want a career in teaching and/or research in the universities, the private sector, or government organizations. Feel free to contact us for additional information.

Ms. Barb DeLong, Graduate Secretary
Dr. Dan Guyer, Director of Graduate Programs