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Master's in Agricultural Communications

The Master of Science in agricultural communications degree program provides students the opportunity to advance their careers in mass media or public relations with a foundation in theory, history and ethical considerations within the discipline.
The agricultural communications program at OSU is among the most respected in the nation and features internationally recognized faculty and state-of-the-art facilities.


With world-class instruction and research grounded in practical application, abundant assistantship opportunities, a focus on professional development, and a broad set of leadership and service opportunities, the agricultural communications graduate program is committed to preparing graduate students for future success in and outside of the agricultural and natural resources industries.


This program challenges you academically and professionally while providing a program of study that can be tailored to meet a student's needs. All master’s students can engage in applied research to help solve real-world problems.


Thesis Option and Formal Report Option Plan of Study Templates


Thesis Option

A student who selects the thesis option completes 30 hours of coursework, including six hours for a thesis. A thesis consists of research conducted by the student with the goal of sharing the results in academic journals.


Formal Report Option

A student who selects the formal report option completes 32 hours of coursework, including two hours for a formal report. The formal report consists of student-conducted research that is structured differently than a thesis.


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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To apply for the Master of Science in agricultural communications 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 Agricultural Communications work group, you will receive notification of its 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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