The UC Davis Masters program in International Agricultural Development (IAD prepares students for careers in global agricultural and rural development. This interdisciplinary program is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills that enable them to implement, facilitate and manage programs that enhance agricultural development and rural life. Students are prepared to accomplish diverse improvements, facilitate innovation in agricultural, natural, social and economic systems, and make a meaningful difference in the world.
The program includes both breadth and depth components. Breadth components, which comprise core courses required of all M.S. students, aim to establish an understanding of the issues in international agricultural development. These include the history and theory of development, project development and management, fundamentals of farming systems, and agricultural economics. In the depth component, students pursue an area of specialization within the agricultural and social sciences. The areas include, but are not limited to, agricultural and resource economics, agricultural engineering, agronomy, animal science, anthropology, aquaculture, avian science, community development, ecology, economics, entomology, environmental design, environmental toxicology, food science, gender, geography, horticulture, hydrologic science, human nutrition, plant pathology, plant biology, plant protection and pest management, political science, pomology, preventive veterinary medicine, range science, sociology, soils and biogeochemistry, sustainable agriculture, vegetable crops, and viticulture.
Practical and on-site experience with development issues is encouraged and facilitated by the group’s affiliated faculty, who possess a wide range of experience in international development and agriculture, and program partners such as the Blum Center for Developing Economies, HORT-CRSP, D-Lab, Agricultural Sustainability Institute, Student Farm and Russell Ranch, the International Programs Office, UC Cooperative Extension and others.
Students are assigned a faculty advisor based on their specialization interest areas. Advisors serve as academic mentors to guide students in structuring and implementing their course plan. Students who choose to write a thesis must also identify a faculty member to serve as their major professor (who is the student’s mentor during thesis research).