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Master's in Agricultural Leadership

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.


The Master of Agriculture degree program in agricultural leadership in the OSU Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership provides a flexible program, which can be tailored to meet each student's unique situation. In addition to the wide variety of professional courses in agricultural education, offerings are also available from all of the academic departments in the Ferguson College of Agriculture.



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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 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 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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