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 candidates are reviewed for admission once a year. In order to apply to one of our graduate degree programs, an application must be submitted through Apply Texas and all other admission materials must be submitted through the Office of Admissions and the 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 the decision by letter. Access the ALEC Prospective Student Handout for specific admission requirements.

Doctoral ApplicantsMaster's Applicants
Spring, Summer, Fall 2019 - October 1Spring, Summer, Fall 2019 - October 1
Fall 2020 - August 15Fall 2020 - November 1

2019 Fall Recruitment Symposium – Registration will open soon!

The Department will host a Prospective Student Recruitment Symposium in Fall 2019 for individuals interested in beginning graduate school in Fall 2020. Master’s candidates are welcome and encouraged to attend. Interested doctoral candidates who have submitted all required application materials by the posted deadline above, including GRE scores, will be considered for an invitation to attend the recruiting symposium. The symposium provides opportunities for prospective students to meet faculty and students, attend research presentations, and the opportunity to meet other potential students.

Registration for the Fall 2019 event will open in January 2019. Come visit our web page again soon and RSVP!

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 $65 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. Exam must be taken within the last two years. 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 three 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 with clear, well-defined research objectives, 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 – 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.

While in the process of applying, all applicants are encouraged to make contact and have conversations with faculty in their same research and interest area as your own.  

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

  • Grade Point Average (GPA) – Minimum 3.0 for Master’s; Minimum for 4.0 for doctoral
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores – Must receive minimum writing score of 3.0 for Master’s; Minimum of 4.0 for doctoral.
  • Statement of intent and professional career goals
  • Recommendation letters
  • Writing samples for doctoral programs
  • If invited, doctoral applicants are required to come to the department to be interviewed by faculty during a recruitment symposium

How GRE score is used in the Admission Review:

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 and all other application materials submitted:

  • Minimum GPA for Master’s must be 3.0; minimum for doctoral must be 3.5.
  • Minimum GRE-Writing score of 3.0 for Master’s and 4.0 for Doctoral.
  • Minimum criterion score total calculated by using the individual percentile scores of the GRE and the GPA (Masters – use last 60 hours of undergraduate work; Doctoral – use Masters GPA). The minimum criterion score for Master’s is 350; minimum criterion score for doctorate is 400.

Highly Competitive Applicant Scores

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.

Certificate and Non-Degree Application Information 
Under certain circumstances, an individual may be admitted as a post-baccalaureate non-degree seeking graduate student (G6) or in a certificate program only. If admitted in either status, 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 non-degree seeking or certificate 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. Applying in either status will not guarantee admission to a degree program to any department.

Non-degree seeking or 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 our admissions process contact the ALEC Program Coordinator by email or phone, 979-862-7180.


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