Distance Master's Degrees
Master's of Agricultural Education
The Master of Science in Agricultural Education is designed to prepare graduates for teaching, research, extension, leadership, and administrative positions in the public and private sectors. The program is similar to the on-campus Master's of Agricultural Education degree. Students in the Master's program focus on a core of agricultural education courses along with an emphasis in designing educational/training programs, professional presentation enhancement, leadership development, teaching/training methods, and interpersonal communication.
The Master of Science in Agricultural Education requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate course work and has a thesis or non-thesis option (see the detailed curriculum). Non-thesis option requires the student to complete 6 additional credit hours and successfully complete an examination over their completed course work at the end of the degree program. This degree specialization also allows students to complete the requirements of teacher certification while completing their Master's degree program (if needed).
Master's of Agricultural Communications
The Master of Science in Agricultural Communications is designed to prepare graduates for entry into or advancement in a variety of mass media, marketing and public relations positions. This program also provides development of professional communications skills for related careers in agribusiness, government service, education and extension. 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 also available through cooperation with the College of Media and Communication. This degree program is intended primarily for students who enter with a Bachelor's degree in agricultural communication, journalism, agricultural communication/journalism, advertising, broadcasting, public relations, or related fields. However, students with an undergraduate degree outside of these areas may still pursue this degree.
The Master of Science in Agricultural Communications requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate course work for the thesis option or 36 hours for the non-thesis option (see the detailed curriculum). Non-thesis option also requires the student to 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.