The Master of Science in Agricultural and Extension Education provides opportunities for career advancement for individuals in formal and non-formal agricultural education, agribusiness, industry, government, non-profit agencies, or the Cooperative Extension Service. This flexible program offers two modes of completion: 1) 30 credit hour thesis option or 2) 36 credit hour non-thesis option.
The thesis option requires 30 approved graduate credit hours, including six credit hours of thesis researcher. The student, with guidance from the student’s graduate advisory committee, will conduct an original research project that is of state and/or national interest and present findings in the form of a written report.
The non- thesis option requires 36 approved graduate credit hours and may be completed either through the comprehensive examination or creative component pathways. The comprehensive examination route is designed to assess the student’s knowledge of completed coursework. Students will be required to write on demand to a series of questions submitted by the graduate advisory committee. An oral defense of the written examinations is also required.
The creative component option allows the student to work with his or her graduate advisory committee to develop and implement a project related to the students’ interests. Typically, these projects are of local or state significance. Examples may include curriculum projects or research projects that may lack the depth of a thesis.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Agricultural & Extension Education is designed to provide professional advancement in a variety of career contexts including, but not limited to, higher education, state agricultural education leadership, Cooperative Extension, agribusiness, government, and non-profits. This program requires 60 approved credit hours above the Masters degree, successful completion of the comprehensive general examination, and the completion of a doctoral dissertation. The doctoral dissertation is a substantial research project planned, implemented, and reported under the guidance of the student’s graduate committee.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available at both the M.S and Ph.D levels. Students who are on assistantship will work within the department for a minimum of 20 hours a week and may have responsibilities teaching course work, serving as a teaching assistant, serving as research assistants, or assisting with departmental programs. Assistantships are competitive and will often require interviews for specific positions. For more information about assistantship availability, please contact Dr. Joey Blackburn, AEEE Graduate Advisor at email@example.com.