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Master of Agriculture

The Master of Agriculture offered through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will enable you to become better trained in your discipline, satisfy a job requirement for an advanced degree, or become a leader, manager or executive in any one of several agricultural sciences and natural resources areas. Pursue a degree that prepares you to for a leadership role in your career without sacrificing your personal or professional commitments.

Program Overview

The Master of Agriculture online program will be phased out in May 2014. No new students are being admitted to the program.

  • 36 credit hour minimum, non-thesis degree program
  • Students will take 18 credit hours from an area of their choice
    • Agricultural Education
    • Agricultural Education with Principal Certification Preparation
    • Agronomy
    • Horticulture
    • Resource Management
  • Most coursework is completed online. Coursework for the Principal Certification Preparation is delivered via Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC) and must be completed through TTU at Fredericksburg, TTU at Highland Lakes, TTU Center at Junction, or the Lubbock campus.
  • 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.
Related online programs:
Master of Science in Agricultural Education
Doctor of Education in Agricultural Education

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Contact the program coordinator by phone.

  • Name: Dr. Cindy Akers
  • Phone: 806.742.2808

Application Process

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

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School as a master's student. When selecting a major, be aware that there are multiple entries for each, and it is important that you choose the entry that corresponds with your location or delivery method.
    • Complete the Graduate Admissions Application.
      • The initial application fee is $60. Each subsequent application is $50.
      • Students pursuing a master's degree must submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores and transcripts from all universities previously attended to the Graduate School. GRE scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.
      • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of application. Learn more.
  2. Interview with the Program Coordinator.
    • The interview can be conducted either in person or by phone.
  3. If you are pursuing an emphasis in Principal Professional Certification Preparation, you must also apply to the College of Education. Contact Dr. Joe Claudet (joe.claudet@ttu.edu) for information on this process.
  4. Apply for financial aid and/or general scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Learn more.
  5. Upon acceptance to the Graduate School and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, you will work with a Graduate Advisory Committee composed of three members to develop a degree plan.
    • Texas Tech University will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

Program Requirements

Most courses are offered online; however, courses required for the Principal Professional Certification Preparation emphasis must be taken at TTU at Fredericksburg, TTU at Highland Lakes, TTU Center at Junction, or the Lubbock campus.

Agricultural Education – 36 credit hours
20 credit hours:
AGED 5306 History and Philosophy of Agricultural Education and Communication
ACOM 5307 Methods of Technological Change
AGED 5308 Foundations of Adult Education
AGED 5309 Evaluation of Programs in Vocational, Technical, and Extension Education
AGED 5302 Research Methods and Analyses in Agricultural Education and Communications
AGED 5311 Human Dimensions of International Ag Development
ACOM 5201 Contemporary Issues in Agricultural Communications
16 credit hours:
Must be taken from two other disciplines or departments†
Agricultural Education With Principal Professional Certification Preparation – 36 credit hours*
21 credit hours:
ACOM 5306 History and Philosophy of Agricultural Education and Communication
ACOM 5307 Methods of Technological Change
AGED 5308 Foundations of Adult Education
AGED 5309 Evaluation of Programs in Vocational, Technical, and Extension Education
AGED 5302 Research Methods and Analyses in Agricultural Education and Communications
AGED 5340 Educational Law
AGED 5391 School and Community
15 credit hours:
EDLD 5340 Instructional Supervision
EDLD 5330 Staff Development
EDLD 5350 School Personnel and Fiscal Management
EDLD 5361 Process of Educational Change
EDLD 5306 School-based Leadership

*The TTU Principal Professional Certification Program is a 42 credit hour program which fully incorporates this 36 credit hours Master’s of Agriculture Degree. This program prepares students interested in pursuing careers as elementary or secondary school principals in Texas. Students seeking Principal Professional Certification must have at least two years of Texas Education Agency (TEA)-approved experience and apply for admission into the certification program during the first semester of enrollment in this program. For school Principal Professional Certification, students must complete six credit hours of EDLD 5392-Principal Internship beyond this 36 credit hour master’s program. Students must also complete Instructional Leadership Development (ILD) and Professional Development and Supervision (PDAS) training at a Texas Regional Education Service Center (equivalent to 3 credit hours). SBEC’s School Principalship TExES examination must also be passed.

Agronomy – 36 credit hours
15 credit hours from the following:
PSS 5231 Applied Geostatistics
PSS 5307 Pesticides
PSS 5324 Mode and Mechanism of Herbicide Action
PSS 5326 Advanced Seed Science
PSS 5331 Advanced Plant Nutrient Management
PSS 5334 Soils and Crops in Arid Lands
PSS 5335 Soil Physics
PSS 6301 Quantitative Ag Remote Sensing
3 credit hours from the following:
PSS 5316 Advanced Arboriculture
PSS 5317 Advanced Nursery Management
PSS 5319 Advanced Interiorscaping
PSS 5415 Advanced Greenhouse Crop Production
18 credit hours:
Must be taken from two other disciplines or departments†
Horticulture – 36 credit hours
16 credit hours:
PSS 5316 Advanced Arboriculture
PSS 5317 Advanced Nursery Management
PSS 5319 Advanced Interiorscaping
PSS 5331 Advanced Plant Nutrient Management
PSS 5145 Advanced Greenhouse Crop Production
3 credit hours from the following:
PSS 5307 Pesticides
PSS 5324 Mode and Mechanism of Herbicide Action
PSS 5326 Advanced Seed Science
17 credit hours:
Must be taken from two other disciplines or departments†
Resource Management – 36 credit hours
18 credit hours:
AAEC 5308 Natural Resource Economics
AAEC 5310 Advanced Market Analysis
LARC 5304 Introduction to Natural Resources and Design
LARC 5303 Advanced Environmental Management for Sustainable Development
NRM 5311 Wildlife Conservation and Management
NRM 5312 Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources
18 credit hours:
Must be taken from two either disciplines or departments†

*Coursework in the Principal Professional Certification Program is offered via interactive television or face-to-face at TTU at Fredericksburg, TTU at Highland Lakes, TTU Center at Junction, and the Lubbock campus. For detailed information about course delivery for the Principal Professional Certification Preparation program, contact the College of Agricultural Education and Communications.

†Courses are available in the following fields of study: Animal and Food Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Landscape Architecture, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Plant and Soil Science, and Agricultural Education and Communications. For a complete listing of available courses, visit www.casnr.ttu.edu.

All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C and an overall GPA of 3.0+.