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Agricultural Education and Communication

Agricultural Education and Communication

Graduate Program

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Want a chance to come to UF and meet with AEC faculty, talk to current AEC graduate students, see the campus, and get a glimpse of the AEC department? Join us for UF AEC Gator Days, our campus visit events for prospective AEC graduate students! Our Gator Days events will be held on December 5, 2019 and January 9, 2020, and you can choose whichever date that works best for your schedule. If you would like more information about Gator Days, please contact Erica Diffenderfer. If you would like to register for Gator Days, please complete the form found here: We hope to see you soon!

The Agricultural Education and Communication department offers degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. While obtaining a degree in Agricultural Education and Communication, students may specialize in one of four areas:

The master’s degree is offered in a traditional face-to-face format for on-campus students or in an online format for students pursuing their degree from a distance. The master’s degree is designed to prepare graduates for teaching, research, extension, administrative, and leadership positions in the public and private sectors. The on-campus and distance program each typically take two years to complete.  

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is primarily designed to prepare graduates for faculty and/or administrative positions in teaching, research, and extension. The PhD program typically takes 3 years to complete for full-time students.


Minor work must be in an academic unit other than the major. If an academic unit contributes more than one course (as specified in the curriculum inventory and/or the Graduate Catalog) to the major, the student is not eligible to earn a minor from the contributing academic unit. A 3.00 (truncated) GPA is required for minor credit. 

Students outside of the department that wish to add Agricultural Education and Communication as a minor should contact Erica Diffenderfer about developing a minor for your graduate degree.


Graduate students can also obtain a certificate in addition to their degree through our department. Currently, there are two certificates available.