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Doctorate in Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership

This doctoral program provides a comprehensive knowledge of agricultural education, communications and leadership by refining teaching and research skills. With an emphasis placed on research, the program prepares graduates to compete and contribute in the the global community.
Created in 1955, our program's graduates hold a variety of positions, including faculty and administrative positions in colleges and universities, Cooperative Extension, and 4-H, and supervisory and administrative positions in state departments of education and vocational education.


The doctoral program in agricultural education, communications and leadership is designed to be tailored to the individual needs and goals of the student. There is a wide array of quality agriculture, education, administration, extension, occupational, and other course offerings from which to choose.


The program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours above the master's degree. Required coursework includes 15 hours of agricultural education and education courses, 15 hours of specialty-area courses, 15 hours of statistics and research courses, and 15 dissertation hours. A minimum of 30 semester hours must be taken in residence at Oklahoma State University. One year (two concurrent semesters) of the last two years must be spent in continuous residence at the institution.


An advisory committee should be established early in the program. The committee can assist in planning the program of study, conducting research, and meeting the requirements of the degree. The committee consists of four faculty members, including three members from the OSU Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership graduate faculty and one other graduate faculty member, usually from the specialty area. One of the graduate faculty members from the department will serve as committee chair.


Research and Faculty

Faculty and staff in the department work closely with students inside and outside of the classroom to create a family atmosphere to help them feel this is a place they can call home. Academic advisors (like all advisors in the Ferguson College of Agriculture) are faculty members who advise, teach courses and are involved professionally in the area a student is studying. Faculty advisors assist in planning an individual program of study that considers a student's background, interests and future plans. The faculty and staff have an “open-door policy,” inviting students to stop by their offices if they need assistance with academic or personal challenges.


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Admission requirements for the agricultural education, communications and leadership doctor of philosophy program include:

  • A master's degree in an appropriate field from an accredited university.
  • An acceptable grade point average in undergraduate and graduate studies (an undergraduate GPA of 2.80 and a graduate GPA of 3.0 in 24 or more hours).
  • An acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (school code 6546; department code 3908).
  • Three years of appropriate professional experience.
  • Recommendations from two people knowledgeable of the applicant's professional qualifications. Recommendation letters cannot come from a current faculty member of the OSU Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership.
  • A curriculum vitae and statement of goals.

To apply for the agricultural education, communications and leadership Ph.D degree program submit an application for admission to the OSU Graduate College. Your application will be referred to the department by the Graduate College. After it is reviewed by the graduate faculty, you will receive notification of their decision from the Graduate College. Applications for admission are reviewed continuously.


Cost and Assistance

Many students help finance graduate education through part-time, paid employment as a graduate assistant. As a graduate assistant, you can expand and apply your knowledge and skills under the supervision of faculty or staff. After admission by the Graduate College, a student who is making satisfactory progress toward a graduate degree may be appointed to an assistantship.

In addition to graduate teaching and research assistantships in the OSU Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership, the program annually places students in assistantships with departments and units across campus.


Cost and Aid

Assistantships and Funding Opportunities

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