Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:24 months
StudyQA ranking:545

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A Master’s degree prepares a person with additional knowledge and necessary skills in the field in order to teach, become a practitioner, or conduct research. Candidates have the option to choose among five areas of specialization:

  • Agricultural Communication
  • Agricultural Education
  • Community and Extension Education
  • International Development
  • Leadership

Course work is comprised of a combination of core foundation courses, specialization requirements, electives, a cognate area outside Agricultural and Extension Education, and a Master's project or thesis.

M.S. - Thesis Option - The purpose of a thesis is to discover new knowledge. Students will work closely with their adviser and graduate advisory committee to identify an appropriate topic and conduct research to discover new knowledge in a systematic manner. M.S. programs should include a thesis research project that reflects individual scholarship and addresses a topic significant and important to the student's specialization area. Each M.S. thesis option program must have a minimum of 30 semester credit hours. The M.S. degree is also available in an on-line format.

M.S. - Non-Thesis Option - This option requires a non-thesis project that, generally, applies or restructures existing knowledge. A project will be a creative endeavor. Examples for the five specializations include:

a. Agricultural education or community and extension education specialization: focusing on the production of a teaching manual, teaching matrials, field study, student self-study package, evaluation material, or a needs survey.

b. Agricultural Communication specialization - focusing on production of a communication campaign, an online website, an educational video, a magazine/publication, a multimedia package, or a crisis plan.

c. Leadership specialization - focusing on strategic planning, team building, diversity, professional ethics, strengths assessment, or visioning.

The minimum undergraduate GPA is a 3.0, and programs also require a 4-year completed undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.Statement of Intent(should include a brief autobiography; why you applied to this program; how it furthers your career; how you might contribute significantly to the professional knowledge base through research/scholarship.)Curriculum VitaeTranscripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate-level course work3 Letters of ReferenceOfficial GRE scores English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79
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