The department offers two doctoral degree programs to meet unique career goals and personal needs.
Doctor of Philosophy
The Doctor of Philosophy in agricultural communications and education is a resident degree designed to prepare students for a future career as a faculty member. The program provides an opportunity for advance study in the human dimensions of agriculture (agricultural communications, agricultural education, & agricultural leadership) to meet the growing demand for college and university faculty who can provide instruction in more than one dimension.
- This degree program requires a minimum of 48 semester hours of graduate coursework along with the development of a dissertation (12 hours) beyond a master's degree (total of 60 hours post-master's degree). See the detailed curriculum.
- Each doctoral candidate is expected to demonstrate competency by satisfactorily completing (1) a comprehensive written examination, (2) a dissertation that demonstrates original, independent scholarship, (3) a final oral examination, and (4) a minimum of ten outside-of-course experiences in the various human dimensions of agriculture including, but not limited to, teaching, communications, extension, international, and research (see the Experience Plan outline).
Doctor of Education
The Doctor of Education in Agricultural Education requires a minimum of 64 semester hours of graduate coursework beyond the Master's degree along with the development of a dissertation (see the detailed curriculum).
- The program of study developed by the student builds on previous undergraduate and graduate courses along with their life experiences (including three years of related work experiences). It is designed to develop independent and critical thinking. Emphasis is placed on selecting courses and experiences that lead to a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of agricultural education and/or agricultural communications, a supporting field, and methods of research and statistics.
- At or near the end of course work, the student will take a qualifying written examination consisting of eight hours for Agricultural Education, four hours for Research, Evaluation, and Statistics; and four hours for the Supporting Field.
- No more than one week after the written examination, the student will take an oral qualifying examination. Both of these examinations will be administered by the student's advisory committee (consisting of at least three members of the graduate faculty).
- After completion of the dissertation, the student will present and defend a dissertation.