Texas Tech University

Agricultural Communications Leadership Certificate

Enables individuals working in agricultural communications profession to increase their understanding of the more complex and dynamic communication strategies such as crisis communications, knowledge management, and effective online media utilization. Increases students' understanding of leadership and the people with whom they interact on a daily basis, enabling them to perform their professional duties more effectively and efficiently.

Program Overview

  • 12 credit hours
  • Most courses are offered online; however, some courses are only offered face-to-face in Lubbock.
  • Prerequisite: bachelor's degree
  • Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual. Learn more about the difference between part-time and full-time Student status..
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the four semesters throughout the year.

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months prior to projected initial enrollment.

  1. Complete the ApplyTexas application.
    • When asked to select your major, you will choose Graduate Certificate Program.
    • When asked to indicate your major area of interest/specialty, type Agricultural Communications Leadership.
    • When asked what degree you will seek, choose Certification.
    • In the Custom Questions section of the application, be sure to choose Agricultural Communications Leadership from the list of available Graduate Certificate programs.
  2. Complete additional application as outlined by the Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).
    • Students who plan to pursue only the Agricultural Communications Leadership Graduate Certificate and do not plan to earn a master's degree do not need to submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the University.
    • Applicants must have official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School.
  3. Check the Applications tab in your Raiderlink for notification of a change in your admissions status.
    • If you are accepted to the Graduate School and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan.

Program Requirements

Certificate programs can be pursued independently or concurrently with a master's program. Most courses are offered online; however, some courses are only offered face-to-face in Lubbock, Texas. Get additional course information.

Required Courses in ACOML 9 hours

Number Title Frequency of Offering Prerequisite Distance Offering
ACOM 5302 Knowledge Management in Agriculture and Natural Resources Every Spring Semester None Yes
ACOM 5304 Risk & Crisis Communications in Agriculture and Natural Resources Every Fall Semester None Yes
ACOM 5308 Utilizing Online Media in Agricultural Communications Every Summer Semester None Yes

Elective Courses in AGLS 3 hours

Number Title Frequency of Offering Prerequisite Distance Offering
AGLS 5304 Theoretical Foundations of Leadership Spring - Even Years None Yes
AGLS 5306 Contemporary Issues in Agricultural Leadership Spring - Odd Years None Yes
AGLS 5307 Evaluating Leadership in Agricultural Organizations Fall - Odd Years None Yes

All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in reporting courses, policies and other statements, the University reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice.

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