Distance-delivered Master's Degree in Agricultural Communications launches
Texas Tech University's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications has announced the launch of a new agricultural communications master's level graduate program aimed for students at a distance. The online degree track provides cutting-edge development of professional communications skills for related careers in agribusiness, government service, education and extension from one of the nation's best agricultural communications programs.
"This is the next step in expanding our program for students desiring to attain a master's degree in agricultural communications from a nationally-ranked program," said Steven Fraze, chairman of Texas Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications. The advanced degree is designed to prepare graduates for entry into or advancement in a variety of mass media, marketing and public relations positions, he said.
Separately, Fraze said, the master's degree program in agricultural communications provides a flexible program, which can be tailored to meet each student's unique situation. Specialization areas, such as marketing, mass media and public relations, are available through cooperation with Tech's College of Media and Communication.
The new degree program is intended primarily for students who enter with a bachelor's degree in agricultural communications, journalism, agricultural communications/journalism, advertising, broadcasting, public relations, or related fields, he said. However, students with an undergraduate degree outside of these areas may still pursue the degree.
The new Master of Science in Agricultural Communications requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate course work, and has a thesis or non-thesis option. Non-thesis option requires the student to complete six additional credit hours, and successfully complete an examination over their completed course work at the end of the degree program or the student may complete a high level communications project.
"Our new Master's of Agricultural Communications degree at a distance gives us an amazing opportunity to take a degree program delivered by one of the top-ranked agricultural communications programs in the nation, and make it available to anyone, regardless of where they're located," said Scott Burris, an associate professor and graduate studies coordinator with Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications.
In 2014, the agricultural communications undergraduate program offered by Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications was ranked as the best in the nation, according to a University of Arkansas study. Forty programs across the country were identified in the study, titled, "Characteristics of U.S. Agricultural Communications Undergraduate Program."
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CONTACT: Steven Fraze, Chair, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2816 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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