Agriculture Extension Education


The Master of Agriculture and the Master of Agricultural Extension Education degrees are a professional degree administered in cooperation with departments inside and outside the college. You will learn skills and principles to become an effective educator in Extension education. With courses that combine theory and practice, you can focus your study on teaching in areas such as agriculture and natural resources, community development, environmental education, human development, natural resources, organic production, range science, and sustainable agriculture. You may select Plan A, which requires applied research and a formal thesis; Plan B, which requires a professional paper; or Plan C, which is course work only and is a terminal degree.

Benefits & Outcomes

This interdisciplinary program offers a broader area of study than a typical research-oriented Master of Science degree, providing maximum flexibility to allow you to select courses to suit your specific professional goals and interests. In addition to Extension education, you can apply this training and education to many positions in government and industry that require public contact and community education. The degree and all coursework are available both on campus and online.

Fits Your Career Goals

Our programs of study are individually designed to meet each student’s professional needs and specific goals. Students select from three pathways for their degree program. Plan A requires a minimum of 30 course credits, applied research and a formal thesis; Plan B requires 30 credits and a scholarly paper rather than a thesis; while Plan C simply requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of coursework with no graduate committee or defense of graduate work.

Internship Program

An internship is a major focal point of the Ag Extension Education graduate program. The internship may be completed during spring or fall semesters, but summer is the most traditional semester. As interns, students have the opportunity to work in a variety of educational settings such as county or state Extension offices, community gardens, animal facilities or agri-businesses. Accommodation is made for each student to have a rewarding experience in a location and venue of their choice. For many students, the internship serves as a stepping stone toward a satisfying career in Extension or other career path.

Application Information

Program Paths

Plan A – 30 credits (minimum)

Plan B – 30 credits (minimum)

Plan C – 36 credits (minimum)

Internship Information


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