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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.