The Master of Agriculture in agricultural leadership degree program is an advanced
studies program for practitioners seeking to develop their knowledge related to leadership
and its application to the agricultural industry.
Graduates pursue careers in extension, government, corporate agriculture, and human
resources and training.
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 in Agriculture in agricultural leadership degree
program are similar to those for the Master of Science degree programs. No standardized
test scores are required. Admission to the program requires the following:
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.
To apply for the Master in Agriculture in agricultural 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.