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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 during our upcoming informational sessions that will occur online via Zoom! There will be two separate informational sessions, both on Friday, June 12th:

  • Informational Session with AEC Faculty: During this session, you will have the opportunity to meet our Graduate Coordinator (Dr. Glenn Israel), AEC faculty members, and our Academic Program Specialist (Erica Diffenderfer). This session will be split into two 1-hour blocks, one from 10-11am (Eastern Time) and the other from 11am-12pm (Eastern Time). The same information will be covered during each block. Feel free to join us at any time during either of the blocks to learn more about our program and the admissions process and to ask questions, but feel free to leave whenever you need to do so. This session can be accessed on June 12th from 10am-12pm using this link.
  • Informational Session with Current AEC Students: During this session, you will have a chance to talk with students who are currently in our MS and PhD programs. This session will also be split into two 1-hour blocks, one from 1-2pm (Eastern Time) and the other from 2-3pm (Eastern Time). The same information will be covered during each block. Feel free to join us at any time during either of the blocks to ask questions and learn more about our program and the admissions process from a student perspective, but feel free to leave whenever you need to do so. This session can be accessed on June 12th from 1-3pm using this link.
Please note that these sessions will be open forums, so if you have specific questions related to your personal application, contact Erica Diffenderfer directly. If you would like more details about either session, please reach out to Erica Diffenderfer. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

 

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.


Minors

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.


Certificates

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