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Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership

Agricultural Education M.S.

Oklahoma State University's graduate program in agricultural education is designed to prepare students for entry into or advancement in formal and non-formal teaching careers. This program also provides development of professional leadership skills for other careers in agribusiness, government service, extension, or adult education. This graduate program is among the most respected in the nation, with internationally recognized faculty and state-of-the-art laboratories.

The master's degree program in agricultural education, with its multiple options, provides a flexible program, which can be tailored to meet each student's unique situation. In addition to the wide variety of professional courses in agricultural education, offerings are also available from all academic departments in the Division, including agricultural economics, biosystems and agricultural engineering, plant and soil science, animal science, biochemistry, entomology and plant pathology. Specialization areas such as educational administration, supervision, counseling, community education, occupational education, adult education, and career education are also available through cooperation with the College of Education.

Master of Science Admission Criteria

Admission to the Master of Science degree program in Agricultural Education requires the following:

  1. A bachelor's degree in an appropriate field such as agricultural education, agricultural communications, or an agriculturally related area from an accredited university;
  2. An acceptable grade point average in undergraduate studies (a minimum GPA of 2.80 or 3.0 in the last 30 hours for unqualified admission);
  3. Recommendations from three people knowledgeable of the applicant's professional qualifications;
  4. A statement of purpose for pursuing the master's degree; and
  5. No minimum score required on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  The GRE is not required for applicants with a GPA of 3.25 or above in their undergraduate degree program (school code 6546, department code 3908).

Master of Science Admission Procedures

Applications for admission are made on line at the Graduate College website. You will be asked to set up an account with a user identification and password.  When you are asked to select a degree program, select “Master of Science degree program in Agricultural Education.”  You will be asked to submit a non-refundable application fee of $50.00 for domestic students or $75.00 for international students and to provide copies of all college or university transcripts.  Transcripts may be mailed to the Graduate College, 202 Whitehurst Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078-1019, or they may be sent from a secure electronic server to .

Submit a statement of purpose, three letters of professional recommendation, and GRE scores to the Graduate Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Education, Communications & Leadership, 448 Agricultural Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078-6031.

Your application will be referred to the Department by the Graduate College.  After it is reviewed by the Agricultural Education work group, you will receive notification of its decision from the Graduate College.  Applications for admission are reviewed continuously.

Master of Science Degree Options

The Master of Science in agricultural education is designed primarily for students interested in research. The program develops the students' theoretical and research foundation for further graduate studies in addition to further knowledge and skills in agriculture and education. Two options are available in the Master of Science degree program.

Thesis Option
This program requires 30 approved credit hours of coursework including a six-credit-hour formal thesis. The thesis is a report of scholarly research conducted by the student. The scope of the study will normally be of state or national interest, and the thesis will include an in-depth analysis of the findings.

Formal Report Option
The program requires 32 approved credit hours of coursework including a two-credit-hour formal report. Although the formal report is the result of original research, the literature review or statistical analysis may lack the depth required of a thesis.

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