This program allows and encourages interdisciplinary interaction between the fields of agriculture, basic sciences (biology, chemistry, physics), applied technology and related areas. The knowledge acquired will allow graduates to contribute to public and private research and outreach initiatives in agricultural disciplines, basic sciences and engineering related to environmental issues.

The Master's Degree is academically and administratively linked to the Ph.D. in Natural Sciences for Development.


The program is intended to produce professional researchers who can carry out research, development and innovation (R & D & I) in which science and technology work together to promote sustainability, so that students working in multidisciplinary teams learn to propose solutions to the major problems experienced by humanity (health, food, energy resources, environmental conservation, transport, communications and information technologies), minimizing human impact on the environment.

Study plan

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Academic profile

Professionals in related scientific and technology areas are invited to apply for admission to the program. The target population includes the following areas of knowledge, among others: agriculture, industry, forestry, environment, food, biology, microbiology, biotechnology, computing, managers and consultants in exact sciences, mechanics, and energy.

Curricular axes of the Master’s Degree Program

  • Research, development and innovation.
  • Sustainable production systems.
  • Environmental management.
  • Renewable energy.
  • Biotechnology.

Thematic axes addressed in the postgraduate program

  • Sustainable production systems.
  • Environmental management.
  • Biotechnology.
  • Renewable energy.

Admission and Permanence Requirements

  • Have a bachelor’s or licentiate’s degree in one the following areas of ​​knowledge: agriculture, industry, forestry, environmental sciences, food, biology, microbiology, biotechnology, computing, managers and consultants in exact sciences, mechanics, energy, materials or construction.
  • Complete the application form with all the required information.
  • Submit a three-page maximum basic research proposal describing the topics that you intend to focus on during your postgraduate training in the areas of Biotechnology, Alternative Production Systems, Environmental Management or Renewable Energy. The document must include a brief introduction, objectives and main products of the investigation.
  • The Master's Committee will study each case in detail and select the candidates based on approval of their basic research proposal.
  • Certification of acceptable proficiency in a second language, preferably English.

Permanence and Graduation Requirements

Participants will be allowed to continue in the program if they obtain a weighted average of 80/100 points or higher in all courses, seminars and thesis work. The minimum passing grade for each course is 70/100.

Students have to pass all courses and activities in the curriculum to graduate, including the submission of the final report of the master's thesis, as well as a technical scientific article ready to be sent to an indexed journal.

Students must comply with the administrative and payment requirements established by the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica.

Important dates

(*) The first week of induction takes place in the classroom and is mandatory for all students. The date of the activity will be between January-February 2020. The school year consists of semesters of 16 weeks.

Dr. Fabian Echeverría
Sistemas de producción sostenibles
Dr. Tomás Guzmán
Sistemas de producción sostenibles
Dr. Cristian Moreira
Gestión Ambiental
Dr. Freddy Araya
Gestión Ambiental
Dr. Erick Hernández
Dra. Ana Adbelnour
Dr. Carlos Meza
Energía Renovable
Ph.D. Ruperto Quesada Monge
Abel Méndez Porras
Juan José Montero Rodríguez
Ing. Freddy Muñoz-Acosta., Dr.
Javier Obando Ulloa
Laura Chavarría Pizarro
Luis Guillermo Romero Esquivel
Dr. Renato Rímolo Donadío