M.S. Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications – Thesis Option
Students pursuing this master’s degree will be trained to address critical issues pertaining to agriculture through a variety of lenses. This research-based degree will provide students with theoretical foundations in agricultural education, leadership and communications and a strong understanding of innovative research methods.
Graduates of this program often pursue advanced academic or professional degrees to obtain highly competitive careers industry, the public sector and academia.
The master of science, with a thesis, requires a minimum of 32 semester-hours of coursework. The campus/synchronous degree program plan consists of at least 32 semester-credit hours, typically, 20 semester-credit hours will be taken in the department, 3-4 of these hours will be credited for the thesis, and a maximum of 12 semester-credit hours of coursework may be in supporting field(s) of interest. While a majority of the courses must be completed on campus, students enrolled in the master of science – thesis option program are permitted to apply up to 50% of online courses toward the degree program. Students must successfully complete a master’s level thesis to fulfill program requirements.
- Degree: M.S. Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication
- Credit Hours: 32 total credit hours
While students are allowed the flexibility to select support courses to tailor their graduate program to match their academic interests and career aspirations, students are encouraged to complete four core curriculum courses to gain content knowledge and skills. All students will be assessed on their performance in each of these four core courses:
Texas A&M University is the premier choice to gain a graduate degree, thanks to our national academic ranking and high financial value. Joining the Aggie Family and gaining an advanced degree from Texas A&M puts you in the highest class of job candidates. If interested in seeking financial assistance, applicants are highly encouraged to submit application materials by the fall deadline dates.
What Do I Need to Apply?
- Application through the Texas A&M University GraduateCAS system
- Official transcripts and records, sent to the Office of Admissions
- Note: GRE Scores are not required
- We seek applicants with meaningful research experience, evidence of leadership, and other relevant skills and accomplishments that demonstrate the potential for excellence. Students admitted to our Master’s programs typically have competitive GPAs of 3.00 (last 60 hours of undergraduate work) or higher.
- If the GPA is verified as not obtaining the above GPAs, applicants are still eligible to apply. We are fundamentally interested in admitting the best students and recognize that several factors including work experience and life experiences can add to the value of an application.
- Statement of purpose outlining intent and professional career goals*
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Three letters of recommendation, submitted electronically with your application*
- Writing samples to demonstrate writing proficiency*
- Prior to and while in the process of applying, applicants are highly encouraged to meet with and have conversations with faculty in their desired research and interest area. Applicants must secure an ALEC faculty member to agree to support admission and serve as an interim faculty advisor.
Statement of Purpose
Applicants must indicate specific interest area and provide well-defined, focused academic and/or research objectives, why they wish to pursue the degree, and how the degree will assist them in obtaining your career goals. Applicants interested in the master of science degree program must clearly define in the statement whether they wish to pursue the thesis or non-thesis option.
Letters of Recommendation
Students will provide email addresses of recommenders in the online application. Recommenders will be asked to submit their recommendation letter electronically. Only one letter may be from faculty, staff or student employee in the department. Other ideal recommenders might be an immediate or past supervisor; previous professors; a peer or another person from the above categories.
Master of science – thesis option applicants must submit one critique of a department faculty member’s recent refereed publication. Journal article must be within the past five years.
Official TOEFL scores are required for international applicants. Official scores must be sent by ETS directly to Texas A&M University using the school code: 6003. Exams must be taken within the last two years. Visit the Graduate and Professional School website for a list of requirements, exemptions and other useful information regarding the TOEFL/IELTS Exams. English proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the criteria below:
- a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146 (must be taken in last five years) or;
- a minimum TOEFL score of: 80 internet-based testing; 550 for paper-based testing (from a test date within two years) or;
- a minimum TOEFL Essentials score of at least 8.5 (from a test date within two years) or;
- a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall (from a test date within two years) or;
- a minimum PTE Academic score of 53 (from a test date within two years)
Applicants will receive an admissions decision either in a letter from the Texas A&M University Office of Admissions and/or from the department. Candidates will receive a decision letter within a month after application submission.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
By submitting an application, all students are considered for scholarships and fellowships. To be considered for additional funding opportunities outside of the department, students are encouraged to submit the financial aid application and a scholarship application, along with their graduate school application. This ensures students are reviewed for all the types of financial aid that you are eligible for. Remember: each student’s financial aid eligibility may vary. The types of financial aid you are offered is based on the data provided on your financial aid and/or scholarship application. If a student is an international or out-of-state resident and receives a competitive scholarship of at least $1,000, they may qualify for a non-resident tuition waiver. Students interested in assistantships should visit guidelines for applying for a departmental assistantship.