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.
NEW UPCOMING EVENT
The Department is hosting a Prospective Student Recruitment Symposium 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 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. Review the ALEC Prospective Student Handout for specific admission requirements.
|Doctoral Applicants||Master's Applicants|
|Spring, Summer, Fall 2019 - October 1||Spring, Summer, Fall 2019 - October 1|
|Spring 2020 - February 15|
|Summer & Fall 2020 - August 15||Summer & Fall 2020 - August 15|
Doctoral candidates are admitted twice a year. Master’s candidates are admitted once a year.
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.
Office of International Admissions and Records
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 are encouraged to visit with faculty in their same interest area.
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
- 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:
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.
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.