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Graduate Program

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Want to know more about the AEC graduate program and the admissions process? Join us for our UF/IFAS AEC Gator Day event for prospective AEC graduate students! At our Gator Day event, you will have the opportunity to meet the AEC department chair, learn more about the admissions process and potential funding opportunities, talk to current AEC graduate students, and meet with faculty in each of our four specializations: Agricultural Education, Agricultural Communication, Extension Education, and Leadership Development. Our Gator Day event will be held online through Zoom on Thursday, December 17th from 9am-12pm Eastern Time. If you would like more information about the event, please contact Lizzie Whitehead. If you would like to register for the event, please complete the registration form. 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. See additional requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Students outside of the department that wish to add Agricultural Education and Communication as a minor should contact Lizzie Whitehead.


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