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Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications

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Graduate Program

Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications offers an online program leading to the Master of Science degree with a major in agricultural leadership, education and communications. The program is designed primarily for individuals interested in further developing their teaching/learning, leadership, extension and communication knowledge. However, due to the flexibility of the program, it would be of value to any student interested in agriculture or adult and continuing education. The program may be completed under a thesis or non-thesis option with a concentration in agricultural education, agricultural extension, agricultural leadership and agricultural communications. Candidates for the online Master's degree must meet the general requirements of The Graduate School and those stipulated by the department.

Thesis Option

A candidate for the Master's degree who elects the thesis option must successfully complete:

  • A minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit in courses approved by the student's advisory committee. Six hours of thesis may be counted toward this requirement.
  • A minimum of 20 hours of graduate credit in courses numbered at or above the 500 level.
  • A minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit in courses appropriate to the area of concentration taught in the program and a minimum of 6 hours taught from outside the program.
  • A minimum of 3 hours of graduate credit in course work in either research methodology or statistics.
  • A final oral examination.

Non-Thesis Option

A candidate for the Master's degree who elects the non-thesis option must successfully complete:

  • A minimum of 36 hours of graduate credit in courses approved by the student's advisory committee.
  • A minimum of 24 hours of graduate credit in courses numbered at or above the 500 level.
  • A minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit in courses appropriate to the area of concentration taught in the program and a minimum of 6 hours taught from outside the program.
  • A minimum of 3 hours of graduate credit in course work in either research methodology or statistics.
  • A creative component designed by the student and approved by the student's advisory committee for 3 hours of graduate credit.
  • A written and oral examination.