Agricultural Sciences MS

To pursue a Master of Science degree, the student must be accepted by a member of the Graduate Faculty from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Acceptance will be based on admission to the Graduate School, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), undergraduate grade point average, and availability of qualified advisors in the desired area.  Students may choose either the Option I (thesis) or Option II (non-thesis) program. 

Master of Science in Agricultural Sciences - Option I Thesis

(30 semester hours minimum)

Thesis (6 semester hours)
AG 518Thesis (6 semester hours required)3-6
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 518 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement
Required Courses (9 semester hours)
AG 505Statistical Methods in Agriculture3
AG 506Advanced Statistical Methods in Agriculture3
AG 532Sci Meth Ag Research3
Electives (15 semester hours)
Additional 15 hours to be selected by the student in consultation with his/her advisor. A minimum of nine elective hours must be earned in an Agricultural discipline. A minor is not required but if a student chooses to complete a minor, the required course work is four courses taken from a subject area that complements the student's major. A student must satisfy departmental comprehensive exam requirements of a minor.
Advisor Approved Graduate Ag Electives (9 semester hours)9
Advisor Approved Graduate Electives (6 semester hours)6
Total Hours30

Master of Science in Agricultural Sciences - Option II Non-Thesis

(36 semester hours minimum)

Required Courses (6 semester hours)
AG 505Statistical Methods in Agriculture3
AG 595Research Lit Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
Electives (30 semester hours)
30 semester hours of additional courses to be selected by the student in consultation with his/her advisor. A minimum of 18 hours must be earned in an Agricultural discipline.
Advisor Approved Graduate Ag Electives18
Advisor Approved Graduate Electives12
Total Hours36

Master of Science in Agricultural Sciences - Option II Non-Thesis w/School Leadership Emphasis

Research (6 semester hours required)
AG 595Research Lit Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
or AFE 595 Research Literature and Techniques
AG 504Qualitative Research3
or AG 505 Statistical Methods in Agriculture
Directed Electives in AG/AFE (12 semester hours from the following)
AG 503Adult Education3
AG 512Methods of Technol Change3
AFE 570Instructional Management3
AFE 571Program Development3
AFE 572Special Populations3
AFE 573Practicum in Teaching3
AFE 574Assessment & Evaluation3
AFE 575Community Leadership & Development3
AFE 579Field Experience in Teaching3
AFE 589Independent Study1-4
AFE 597Special Topics0-4
School Leadership emphasis courses (21 hours from the following)
EDAD 515Leading Effective Schools 3
EDAD 519GLB/Designing Curriculum 3
EDAD 526Using Law in Educational Practice 3
EDAD 569Instructional Leadership3
EDAD 507Using Evaluation and Data to Improve Learning3
EDAD 554GLB/Leading the Learning Community3
EDAD 510Leading Learning Communities Reflective Practicum 3
Total Hours39

Note:  Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam is required of all students.

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