Application Process/How to Apply

HOWDY!  We are so pleased that you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M University.

Admission to Texas A&M University and any of its sponsored programs is open to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or educationally unrelated handicaps.

Doctoral and Master’s applicant review will take place twice within an acadmic year, once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester. Both deadlines will be for admission review for the subsequent year.  If interested in seeking financial assistance, applicants are highly encouraged to submit application materials by the fall deadline dates.    

In order to apply to one of our graduate degree programs, an application and all admission materials must be submitted to the TAMU UniCas Application System. Once all materials have been received, the file will be considered for review and admission upon the deadlines listed below. Please access the ALEC Prospective Student Handout for specific admission requirements.



Doctoral ApplicantsMaster's Applicants
Fall 2021 - September 1 of the previous yearFall 2021 - November 1 of the previous year
Fall 2021 - March 1 of specified year
Fall 2021 - March 1 of specified year

The Department will host a Prospective Graduate Student Recruitment Symposium every fall. The next symposium will be hosted in October 2020 for individuals interested in beginning graduate school in Fall 2021. The Fall 2020 symposium will be conducted virtually with opportunities for prospective students to connect with faculty and students, view research and oral presentations, and the opportunity to meet other potential students.

All Master’s applicants are welcome and encouraged to participate in the symposium. Doctoral applicants who meet the minimum criteria and have submitted all required application materials by the posted deadline, will be considered for an invitation to participate and have campus faculty interview as part of the symposium activities.

The Fall 2020 Graduate Student Recruitment Symposium will held virtually October 19, 2020!

To attend, RSVP below by September 15, 2020!




Preparing Your Application

The information provided below indicates the required application materials necessary for admission to our graduate programs. To apply for full admission into the department, the following items must be submitted and received by the Office of Graduate Admissions and Records at Texas A&M University by the deadline respective to the expected semester of entry listed above:

  • TAMU Application and application fee: Complete application submitted to TAMU Admission Office through the TAMU UniCas Application system, and accompany the $89 application fee ($114 for international applicants)
  • Transcripts: An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted in the application portal from each higher education (undergraduate and graduate) institution previously attended. If admitted, official transcripts must be requested to be sent to TAMU Admissions Office, either by mail or electronically using code 6003.
  • International Students only – Official TOEFL or IELTS scores: Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency to be eligible for review. Exam must be taken within the last two years. English proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the criteria below.
    • a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146 or;
    • a minimum TOEFL score (from a test date within two years) of: 550 for paper-based testing or 80 internet-based testing or;
    • a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall or;
    • a minimum PTE Academic score of 53

    Scores taken within the last two years must be submitted from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and sent electronically to Texas A&M University code 6003 (See Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) for directions for waivers).

  • The Texas State Legislature passed SB 1107, which requires all entering students under the age of 22 at public and private institutions of higher education to provide evidence of vaccination against bacterial meningitis or a signed affidavit declining the vaccination. This documentation must be submitted to the TAMU Office of Admissions and Records prior to your enrollment in any courses.
To mail official transcripts (excluding TAMU), please mail directly to:
Office of Graduate Admissions and Records
40001 TAMU
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77842-4001

Office of International Admissions and Records
40002 TAMU
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77842-4002

In addition to the TAMU admission requirements, the Department requires additional application materials to be eligible for a review. Applicants should follow the directions in this application portal, TAMU UniCas Application system, to submit items the following items:

  • A one-page minimum statement of purpose and professional career goals  – This statement must indicate your specific interest area and provide well-defined, focused academic and/or research objectives, why you wish to pursue the degree, and how the degree will assist you to obtain your career goals.  Applicant interested in Master of Science degree program must clearly define in the statement whether wish to pursue thesis or non-thesis option.
  • A current resume/CV
  • Three (3) Recommendation letters for Master’s; Five (5) Recommendation letters for Doctorate. You will need to provide your recommenders email addresses in the UniCas Application system for them to receive an email to submit the recommendation letter electronically.
    • Your immediate or past supervisor
    • Previous professors (only one may be from ALEC)
    • A peer or another person from the above categories
  • Writing samples to demonstrate writing proficiency
    • Master’s applicants must submit one “critique” of an ALEC faculty member’s recent refereed publication (journal article must be within the past five years)
    • Doctoral applicants must submit one’s own publication and submit one “critique” of an ALEC faculty member’s recent refereed publication (journal article must be within the past five years)

Prior to and while in the process of applying, all applicants are highly encouraged to meet with and have conversations with faculty in their same research and interest area as your own.  

Mentioned previously are requirements to complete an TAMU admission file. For an applicant to be considered for review by the ALEC Graduate Admission Committee for admission to one of our programs, the following minimum criteria MUST BE ACHIEVED/PROVIDED:

  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of last 60 hours of  undergraduate coursework for master’s must be 3.0
  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) for doctoral must be 3.5 in master’s program
  • Statement of purpose and professional career goals providing well-defined and focused academic and/or research objectives. Applicant interested in Master of Science degree program must clearly define in the statement whether wish to pursue thesis or non-thesis option.
  • Meet with and have conversation with faculty in the same interest and research area

Doctoral program only – Doctoral applicants who have submitted all admissions materials by the posted fall deadline and meet the minimum admission requirements will be considered for an invitation to participate in the fall recruitment symposium to have a faculty interview as part of the admission process.

A departmental admission rubric is used to review the applicants’ admission criteria. Full rubric details provided here.

Certificate and Non-Degree Application Information 

Information about all our certificate options may be viewed on the Certificate web page.  Under certain circumstances an individual may be admitted as a post-baccalaureate non-degree seeking graduate student (G6) in a certificate program only. Applicants must visit with an ALEC faculty member in the same interest/discipline area. To be admitted — An applicant must have correspondence with an ALEC faculty member which has agreed to support admission and work with them.  Credit hours completed in a certificate only status may be reviewed for eligibility to apply to a degree program at Texas A&M-College Station. Approval is at the discretion of the department at which the applicant has submitted an application.

For review as certificate only an individual must submit the following to Admissions and Records: 1) A non-degree seeking certificate application through Apply Texas to TAMU; 2) The required application processing fee; 3) A complete official transcript (with the exception of TAMU) that indicates the completion of a baccalaureate degree and Master’s degree (if applicable); and 4) Complete Departmental Data Sheet in TAMU applicant portal.

Materials required for the department include:  1) Submit a current resume; and 2) Submit a statement of purpose providing brief information about yourself, details of interest/discipline area, and why wish to complete a certificate program. The International Agriculture certificate requires an additional application process and review by a departmental committee. See the specific International Agriculture certificate details here.

Applying to a certificate program will not guarantee admission to a degree program to any department. Non-degree seeking certificate only graduate students are not eligible for assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, or any financial assistance funded by Texas A&M University. Only in unusual circumstances will international students be eligible to apply in non-degree seeking status.For more information about degree or certificate admissions process contact the ALEC Program Coordinator by email or phone, 979-862-7180.


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