The Master of Science degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Science subplan provides students the opportunity to enhance knowledge and competence in a selected area of specialization and encourages individual study and research. The curriculum is designed to assist individuals employed in agricultural education to become more proficient in research methodology and design, statistical analysis, utilization of technology, and advance in a concentration area of their choice. Students desiring additional experience with industry can include as an internship in an industry sector they choose. This degree has successfully enhanced the careers of individuals employed in public schools, community colleges, universities, cooperative extension, and other agricultural career fields.
An applicant for admission to the master's degree program in Agricultural Science should have a baccalaureate degree in agriculture and will complete the requirements for a Single Subject and Specialist Credential in Agriculture prior to advancing to candidacy and taking the comprehensive exam. Applicants without a baccalaureate degree in agriculture will be required to take undergraduate level courses in the College of Agriculture prior to being unconditionally admitted into the program. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 overall, or 2.75 in the final 90 units of coursework, is required. In addition, the Agricultural Education Program Coordinator must receive three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic qualifications and potential as a graduate student. International students seeking admission into the program must achieve a score of 550 on the TOEFL. An applicant not meeting these standards may be conditionally admitted with the approval of the program's Graduate Admissions Committee. The conditional student must comply with the requirements of admission within three quarters.
The student, along with an appointed advisory committee, will develop a program by the end of the second quarter, based on the student's interests and preparation. The student's approved program will include required basic core courses, a selection of additional courses in a specialization, electives, independent study, and a thesis or comprehensive examination. The student must have on file an approved program within two quarters of admission to the master's program. Students electing to complete additional coursework and the comprehensive examination in lieu of the thesis must be agricultural education teachers.
Admission to the program does not admit a student to candidacy for the degree. Advancement to Candidacy is contingent upon the recommendation of the graduate coordinator. A student who has not been admitted to candidacy is not eligible to register for the thesis (AGS 696) or comprehensive examination (AGS 697). In order to advance to candidacy for the Master of Science in Agriculture, Agricultural Science subplan, a student must:
The official program of study must be prepared and submitted for approval no later than the end of the second quarter of attendance.
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