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 review and admission upon the deadlines listed below. Applicants will be notified the decision by letter. Please access the ALEC Prospective Student Handout for specific admission requirements.

Doctoral ApplicantsMaster's Applicants
Fall 2020 - September 1Fall 2020 - November 1
Fall 2021 - September 1Fall 2021 - November 1

ALEC Fall 2019 Graduate Recruitment Symposium – Registration to attend the symposium is NOW OPEN!

The Department will host the Prospective Student Recruitment Symposium on November 11-12, 2019, for individuals interested in beginning graduate school in Fall 2020.

Master’s candidates are welcome and encouraged to attend. Interested doctoral candidates who meet the minimum criteria and 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.

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 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.
  • 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 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
  • Complete Departmental Data Sheet in AIS Portal
  • Confirmation Page – After all materials have been submitted into the AIS system(including letters of recommendation) applicants should complete confirmation of materials page. This confirmation page is necessary for an application to be considered complete.

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 ACHEIVED:

  • 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
  • A minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Writing score of 3.0 for master’s
  • A minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Writing score of 4.0 for doctoral
  • A 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
  • Statement of purpose and professional career goals providing well-defined and focused academic and/or research objectives
  • Meet with and have conversation with faculty in the same interest and research area

Doctoral program only – Applicants meeting the minimum criteria and submitting all admission materials may be considered for an invitation to come to campus to be interviewed by faculty during a recruitment symposium.

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; 3) submit 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) 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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