Our graduate students and faculty are pushing the frontiers of science in contexts around the world. They are using sophisticated research and statistical methodologies such as machine learning and coarsened exact matching to broaden our understanding of technology innovation and the adoption and diffusion process of technology. They study consumer decision-making and how scientists can communicate credibility and good will about food products and practices to mitigate climate change. Our students and faculty also study workforce education. We realize that training trade professionals and entry-level technicians is vital to the contribution of our society and future workforce.
Our graduate students and faculty members study what makes leaders effective and the leader and leadership competency and capacity development of individuals in a variety of contexts. While all of our degrees have a common thread and provide competency in areas of education, leadership, and communications, students in all of our programs can tailor their program within any of the following areas:
- Agricultural communications
- E-learning and instructional design
- Extension education and organizational development
- International agricultural development
- Organizational and community leadership
- Teacher education
Pursue a Master’s Degree
- M.S. in Agricultural Leadership Education and Communications – Thesis
- M.S. in Agricultural Leadership Education and Communications – Non-Thesis
- Master of Agriculture (M.Ag.) in Agricultural Development – Distance Education Only
Pursue a Doctoral Degree
In order to apply to one of our graduate degree programs, an application and all admission materials must be submitted to the Texas A&M University Graduate Application System by the deadlines below. Regular admission review cycles will be for admission to begin in Fall semesters only. Doctoral and Master’s application review will take place three times in an academic year. All deadlines will be for admission review for subsequent year. Once all materials have been received, the file will be considered for review. If students are interested in seeking financial assistance, applicants are highly encouraged to submit application materials by the fall deadline dates.
|Doctoral Students||Master’s Applicants|
|September 1||November 1|
|February 1||February 1|
|June 1||June 1|
Graduate Student Recruiting Symposium
The Department hosts a Prospective Graduate Student Recruitment Symposium every fall. The symposium provides opportunities for prospective students to connect with faculty and former students and the opportunity to meet other potential students. Doctoral applicants who meet the minimum criteria and have submitted all required application materials by the posted deadline, will be considered for an invitation to participate in the symposium and have campus faculty interview them as part of the symposium activities. Master’s applicants are welcome and encouraged to participate in the symposium. There is no symposium held in the spring. Doctoral applicants meeting minimum requirements during the February review will be notified personally about the interview process.
Registration for the Fall 2022 Graduate Student Recruiting Symposium is closed. Check back to our web page in March 2023 for information to register for the Fall 2023 symposium.
Graduate Student Funding Opportunities
We understand that graduate education is an investment and one we don’t take lightly. Our department and Texas A&M University offer competitive assistantships and fellowships to help alleviate the cost of higher education and make attending graduate school more affordable. Check with the Graduate and Professional School for details on opportunities available across the university.
Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships
The department offers graduate fellowships and teaching and research assistantships. These are are available on a competitive basis to qualified individuals. Students interested in applying for an assistantship must submit a separate application from their graduate admissions application.
Connect with the Graduate and Professional Student Government
Our Graduate & Professional Student Government at Texas A&M University promotes academic, professional, and social networking among students and faculty. All graduate students are encouraged to participate in the many professional, service, and social events held throughout the year. Students serve on committees working to impact the department and university. The association also awards competitive travel scholarships and grants to students participating at professional meetings and conferences.
Graduate Student Resources
Through exceptional service and commitment to the highest standards, the Graduate and Professional School advocates for graduate education at Texas A&M and throughout Texas. This office supports our students and the graduate degrees offered through our department.
Professor and Extension Specialist, Associate Head for Graduate Programs