The Master of Science in agricultural education and leadership degree program is among
the most respected in the nation and is designed to prepare students for entry into
or advancement in formal and non-formal teaching careers. This program also provides
development of professional leadership skills for other careers in agribusiness, government
service, extension, or adult education.
The agricultural education and leadership Master of Science in the OSU Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership is designed primarily for students interested in research. The program develops the
students' theoretical and research foundation for further graduate studies in addition
to further knowledge and skills in agriculture and education. In addition to the wide variety of professional courses in agricultural education
and leadership, offerings are also available from all academic departments in the
Ferguson College of Agriculture. Specialization areas such as educational administration, supervision, counseling,
community education, occupational education, adult education, and career education
are also available through cooperation with the College of Education and Human Sciences.
Two options are available in the master of science degree program.
Thesis Option This program requires 30 approved credit hours of coursework including a six-credit-hour
formal thesis. The thesis is a report of scholarly research conducted by the student.
The scope of the study will usually be of state or national interest, and the thesis
will include an in-depth analysis of the findings.
Formal Report Option The program requires 32 approved credit hours of coursework including a two-credit-hour
formal report. Although the formal report is the result of original research, the
literature review or statistical analysis may lack the depth required of 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.
Admission requirements for the Master of Science in agricultural education and leadership
degree program include:
A bachelor's degree in an appropriate field such as agricultural education, agricultural
communications, or an agriculturally related area from an accredited university;
An acceptable grade point average in undergraduate studies (a minimum GPA of 2.80
or 3.0 in the last 30 hours for unqualified admission);
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 statement of purpose for pursuing the master's degree.
No minimum score required on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE is not
required for applicants with a GPA of 3.25 or above in their undergraduate degree
program (school code 6546, department code 3908).
To apply for the Master of Science in agricultural education and leadership 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 Education 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.