The teaching medium for postgraduate programs of the university is English. Postgraduate studies are conducted in the semester system. First semester starts in November and ends in March. Second semester begins in May and ends in September. All postgraduate programs offered in YAU are on
Courses for Master of Science in Agriculture (M.Agr.Sc.) was started in 1978 with the introduction of semester credit system. The required period for the graduation of M.Agr.Sc. degree is a minimum and maximum residence of four to ten semesters respectively, and normally 50 credit hours (34 credits for course work and 16 credits for thesis) may be required. A student is required to submit a thesis as a partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master’s degree. Only students who have completed the graduation requirements are conferred a M.Agr.Sc. degree.
Ph.D. degree program was started in the year 2001. The residential requirement for earning a Ph.D. degree is five years. A total 50 credit hours (9 credits for course work and 41 credits for thesis) may be required for the Ph.D. degree.
In 1986, a study program for graduates who were not qualified to pursue Master Degree in the university was initiated so that they would get another degree after his or her first degree in YAU and such students are offered Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) Degree. The university extended the learning opportunities for its graduate, again in 2006, as Postgrad Diploma Course which is offering (Grad. Dip.Agr.Sc.).