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A new master's degree option at the University of Arizona is helping working professionals in agriculture further their education even if they are not able to attend on the main campus. Now, students can choose from two options: the traditional research option, which includes the completion of a thesis or the professional agriculture option, which provides distance learning options for working professionals and requires them to do a cumulative project instead of a thesis. Students in the professional agriculture track will complete nine units of required coursework online and can choose their 21 remaining units from courses that best fit with their career ambitions. They will then complete a cumulative project that is meant to be more practical and applicable to the work they are doing in their professional lives.

Agricultural Education provides students with a variety of career opportunities in agriculture and the life sciences, as well as formal and non-formal educational settings. The field of Agricultural Education prepares students to teach in secondary agriculture classrooms, serve as extension educators, and work in agricultural business. A Master's degree in Agricultural Education will also prepare students who wish to pursue higher education as a career.

Required:

A ED 617 - Research, Methods, and Project Design

AGTM 522 - Communicating Knowledge in Agric & Life Sciences

AGTM 532 - Technology Management

Courses from CALS focus area

Additional courses:

A ED 509 – Team and Organizational Leadership

A ED 601 - Philosophy and Practices of Instruct Methods

A ED 621- Program Planning and Evaluation

A ED 697c - Workshop in Teaching at the College Level

Additional courses from other departments:

Max 9 units combined allowed from the following:

A ED 593 – Internship Fall/Sp/Sum

A ED 597a and b - Workshops Summer

A ED 599 - Independent Study Fall/Sp/Sum

A ED 693 – Internship Fall/Sp/Sum

A ED 699 – Independent Study Fall/Sp/Sum

A ED 900 – Research Fall/Sp/Sum

Max 6 units combined allowed from the following:

A ED 909 – Master’s Report


USA requirements for international students

Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


Program requirements

Before students can take any courses for credit, students must first be admitted to the University of Arizona as a degree or non-degree student. Students who are not admitted to the University of Arizona can apply as a Non-Degree Seeking student, either as an Undergraduate or Graduate student. Graduate students can apply online as a Non-Degree Seeking student. Undergraduates can download a paper Non-Degree application. Please mail the Undergraduate Non-Degree application and check payment to UA Outreach College instead of Undergraduate Admissions to expedite your admission process. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79

There are various types of financial assistance that can help you cover the costs associated with college. UA offers a wide array of scholarship programs. Every student is considered for scholarships as long as a complete application for admission, transcripts and test scores have been received.

To apply for need-based aid, U.S. citizens must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have your information sent to UA, specify the UA school code — 001083.

To ensure you get the best financial package, be sure to complete a FAFSA by March 1st and have a complete Admissions Application (application, transcripts, SAT/ACT scores) by May 1st.

Accreditation

University of Arizona Accreditation

The University of Arizona is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized federally by the Department of Education. Accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission ensures students and other stakeholders that the University of Arizona meets clear quality standards concerning mission, integrity, teaching and learning, resources, and institutional effectiveness. In addition, the University is operated under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Board of Regents.

State Authorization

The University of Arizona is working in cooperation with state agencies to comply with required authorizations in each state. Review your state’s current status with regard to online programs at the University of Arizona, including any special requirements which may exist for your academic program of interest.

Important note for prospective students: If you are considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure in your state (i.e. Nursing, Education), it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning an academic program located outside your state.

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