How to Apply

HOWDY!  We are so pleased that you are interested 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.

In order to apply to one of our graduate degree programs, materials must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records and directly to the Department. 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 March for Summer or Fall admission; Mid July for Fall only; Mid November for Spring admission. For more information, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Clarice Fulton and review the Prospective Student Handout.

Deadlines for U.S. Citizens                       Deadlines for International Students
Spring                         October 1                         Spring                               August 1
Summer or Fall          January 2                         Summer                           November 1
Fall only                           April 1                          Fall                                   January 15

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 Summer or Fall semesters, it is suggested that you submit your complete application materials by December. If you are not interested in financial support, we will continue to accept applications materials until January 2. For Spring, admission materials are due by October 1.  Applications will also be accepted until April 1 for a Fall only review, however, meeting this deadline, you will not be eligible for any financial assistance by the department or eligible for other funding opportunities.  

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: International applicants only must submit scores less than two years old. Scores are sent electronically using the 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
To hand carry your official transcripts, take them to the ALEC Department or to the Office of Admissions and Records location listed here:
General Services Complex (see campus map)
Office of Graduate Admissions and Records
750 Agronomy Road, Suite 1601
College Station, TX
In addition to the TAMU admission requirements, the Department requires applicants to submit the following items. These items may be sent electronically, mailed or faxed to the ALEC Program Coordinator.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores: must be taken within past 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 career and professional goals  must indicate why you wish to pursue the degree, how the degree can accomplish your career goals, and specific area interests.
  • Doctoral students must document at least three years of professional work experience (one page document indicating start and end dates)
  • A current resume
  • Three (3) Recommendation letters for Master’s; Five (5) Recommendation letters for Doctorate completed by submitting electronically to the recommenders email address through the TAMU Applicant Information System (AIS) web site. Track your status – after application has processed through Admission Office)
    • Your immediate or past supervisor
    • Previous professors (only one may be from ALEC)
    • A peer or another person from the above categories
  • 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:

  • Professional statement of purpose and career goals
  • Reference letters
  • Work experience (Doctoral programs)
  • Writing samples (Optional for Doctoral programs)
  • Grade Point Ratio (GPR)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores

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.

If the GRE was taken after August 1, 2011, your percentile 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% 36, GRE-Q% 26, GRE-W% 41, and at least a GPA of 3.1. Doctoral applicants:  GRE-V% 48, GRE-Q% 26, GRE-W% 41, and at least a GPA of 3.7.

For informational purposes, we would also like you to complete the Prospective Information Sheet and submit to the Graduate Coordinator address below. The form is not required, but it is helpful for your admission review.
If you have submitted documents to the Office of Admissions and Records, you may check your application status anytime at

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 be your major professor during this admission status as well. Applying in this status will not guarantee any admission to any department.

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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