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Graduate Degree Programs

The Department of Agricultural and Extension Education offers degrees at the masters and doctoral level. You can select the one tailored to meet your needs. The following is an overview of these degrees, followed by links to detailed information about each degree.

Master's of Agricultural Education - This on-campus degree program is for students who want to gain an in depth knowledge of school-based agricultural education. This degree requires a minimum of 36 semester hours. This degree does not require the writing of a thesis. Upon completion of this degree, the student may qualify for a Master's level (M) teaching license.

Master's of Science in Agricultural Education - This on-campus degree program is for students who want to gain an in depth knowledge of school-based agricultural education and gain experience in conducting research. This degree requires a minimum of 36 semester hours and does require the writing of a thesis. Students received 6 hours of credit for writing a thesis. Upon completion of this degree, the student may qualify for a Master's level (M) teaching license.

Master's of Extension Education - This on-campus degree program is for students who want to gain an in-depth knowledge of non-formal education that is focused on extension, youth development, rural development, international education and family and consumer science. This degree requires a minimum of 36 semester hours. This degree does not require the writing of a thesis.

Master's of Science in Extension Education - This on-campus degree program is for students who want to gain an in depth knowledge of non-formal education that is focused on extension, youth development, rural development, international education and family and consumer science. Students also develop skills in conducting research. This degree requires a minimum of 36 semester hours and does require the writing of a thesis. Students received 6 hours of credit for writing a thesis.

Master's of Agricultural Education (Distance Track) - Don't be fooled by the name. This on-line degree program is for agricultural teachers, extension agents, and other professionals involved in communicating both agriculture and family and consumer science information to others. In this degree program, the term "agricultural education" embodies the United States Department of Agriculture definition that encompasses the broad spectrum of knowledge covered in extension education and school-based agricultural education. This degree is part of our GRAEDE program - Graduate Agricultural & Extension Distance Education.

A table comparing all five Master's degree programs offered by the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education is located here [see graduateprograms_degreechart.docx]

6th Year Certificate - Teachers of agriculture can complete the requirements for a 6th Year Graduate Certificate. This is comparable to the Educational Specialist degree.

Doctorate in Agricultural and Extension Education - The Department offers an Ed.D. (Doctor of Education) degree in Agricultural and Extension Education. This is an on-campus degree and requires a minimum of 72 semester hours above the Bachelor's degree. A doctoral program is a research based degree, thus numerous statistics and research methodology courses are required. A doctoral program is very rigorous and demanding. At least three years of successful experience as an agricultural teacher or extension educator is required for admission to the program.

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