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.


The Department is hosting a Prospective Student Open House on October 4-5, 2018. All prospective candidates interested in beginning graduate school in Spring 2019, Summer 2019, or Fall 2019 are invited to attend the two day event. Doctoral candidates are required to attend to participate in faculty interviews.


For specific details about this event, RSVP NOW, and contact the graduate program coordinator.

In order to apply to one of our graduate degree programs, materials must be submitted through the Office of Admissions and Records Applicant Information System (AIS) portal.  Once all materials have been received, the file will be considered for admission upon the deadlines listed below. Applicants will be notified by letter by mid November for Spring, Summer or Fall 2019 admission; May for Spring 2020 admission. For more information, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Clarice Fulton and review the ALEC Prospective Student Handout.

Deadlines for all applicants 
Spring, Summer or Fall 2019 (Master’s and Doctoral)        October 1
Spring 2020 (Doctoral only)                                                      April 1

University fellowships and scholarships are highly competitive and are available to qualified individuals. These deadlines occur early in the spring semester, therefore, if interested in applying for financial support or assistance for the fall semester, it is suggested that you submit your complete application materials as early as possible. 

To apply for full admission into the department, the Office of Graduate Admissions and Records at Texas A&M University requires the following items:

  • TAMU Application: Complete the online Texas Common Graduate Application accompanied by a $50 application fee ($90 for international applicants)
  • Official transcripts: Transcripts must be submitted from each higher education institution previously attended
  • 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. English proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the criteria below.
    • a minimum TOEFL score (from a test date within two years) of: 550 for paper-based testing (p-BT) or 80 internet-based testing (i-BT), or:
    • a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall,
    • a minimum PTE Academic score of 53,
    • a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146

    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).

  • In May 2011, the Texas State Legislature passed SB 1107, effective immediately, requiring 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 the submission of the following items to be eligible for a review. After submitting the ApplyTexas application, you will receive an acknowledgement and be provided a UIN. Use the UIN to access the TAMU Applicant Information System (AIS) to check the status of your application. Applicants should follow the directions in this application portal to submit all required admission materials.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores: Exam must be taken within the last five years. Scores must be requested from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and sent electronically using Texas A&M University code 6003.
  • A one-page minimum statement of intent and professional career goals  – This statement must indicate your specific interest area, why you wish to pursue the degree, and how the degree will assist you to obtain your career goals.
  • A current resume
  • Three (3) Recommendation letters for Master’s; Five (5) Recommendation letters for Doctorate. You will need to provide your recommenders email address through the TAMU Applicant Information System (AIS) web site for them to submit electronically.
    • Your immediate or past supervisor
    • Previous professors (only one may be from ALEC)
    • A peer or another person from the above categories
  • Doctoral applicants must document at least three years of professional work experience (one page document indicating start and end dates). This document may be uploaded along with the resume as a separate document.
  • Doctoral applicants – A professional portfolio of at least two writing samples to demonstrate writing proficiency
  • Departmental Data Sheet in AIS
  • Confirmation Page – After all materials have been submitted into the AIS (including letters of recommendation), applicants should complete confirmation of materials page. This confirmation page is necessary for an application to be considered complete.

All applicants must have a faculty member to agree to serve as the interim major advisor (IMA).

Acceptance into the Department is based on consideration of the following:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Statement of intent and professional career goals
  • Recommendation letters
  • Professional work experience (Doctoral programs only, at least 3 years of experience)
  • Writing samples for doctoral programs
  • Doctoral applicants are required to come to the department to be interviewed by faculty

How GRE score is used in the Admission Review: To be reviewed for admission to one of our programs, an individual must meet a minimum criterion score in order to be considered for a vote by the faculty.  This criterion score is calculated using the individual percentile scores of the GRE and the GPA (Masters – last 60 hours of undergraduate work; Doctoral – Masters GPA). The minimum criterion score for Master’s is 350; minimum criterion score for doctorate is 400.

However, if the GRE was taken prior to August 1, 2011, your scores and GPA meet each category below and you have a declared Departmental Graduate Faculty interim major advisor, your application will be considered highly competitive and you may be admitted without a faculty vote:

Master’s applicants:  GRE-V  410, GRE-Q  500, GRE-W  4.0, and at least a GPA of 3.1. Doctoral applicants:  GRE-V  450, GRE-Q  500, GRE-W  4.0, and at least a GPA of 3.7.

Non-Degree Admission Information (G6)

Under certain circumstances, an individual may be admitted as a post-baccalaureate non-degree seeking graduate student (G6). If admitted, up to twelve (12) credit hours taken in this status may apply to a degree program at Texas A&M-College Station. To apply, an individual must: 1) submit a post-baccalaureate non-degree seeking application through Apply Texas to TAMU; 2) submit the required application processing fee; and 3) submit a complete official transcript that indicates the completion of a baccalaureate degree (if other than TAMU). Materials required for the department include:  1) to submit a current resume; and 2) submit a statement of purpose. A faculty member must be willing to support during this admission status. Applying in this status will not guarantee admission to a degree program to any department.

Non-degree seeking 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. The application processing fee is $50.00 for U.S. Citizens and permanent residents.

For more information about our admissions process or to inquire about applying in the post-baccalaureate non-degree status by contacting the ALEC Program Coordinator by email or phone, 979-862-7180.

Non-degree seeking graduate students are not eligible for assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, or any financial assistance funded by Texas A&M University.


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