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Division of Agricultural Education
106 Linfield Hall
PO Box 172830
Bozeman , MT 59717-2830
Ph: 406-994-2132
Fax: 406-994-6696


    • Martin Frick; program planning and evaluation, curriculum, power mechanics, cooperative business education; international agriculture (406) 994-5773;

Assistant Professor

    • Carl Igo; research methods, teacher education, leadership development; (406) 994-3693;

    • Shannon Arnold; extension education, professional development, international agricultural education, leadership education; (406) 994-6663;

Degree Offered

M.S. in Agricultural Education

The graduate program in agricultural education at Montana State University is designed to prepare graduates for entry into or advancement in formal and non-formal teaching careers. This program also provides development of professional leadership skills for other careers in agribusiness, government service, extension, or adult education.

The master's degree program in agricultural education, with its various options, provides a program that can be tailored to meet each student's career goals. In addition to the wide variety of professional courses in agricultural education, offerings are also available from all academic departments in the College of Agriculture , including agricultural economics, animal and range sciences, land resources and environmental sciences, plant sciences and plant pathology, and veterinary molecular biology. Specialization areas such as adult education, educational administration, career education, and curriculum coordination are also available through cooperation with the College of Education , Health and Human Development. Either Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (project or professional paper) is available.


To gain admission to the graduate program, contact the Agricultural Education Program, 106 Linfield Hall , Montana State University Bozeman , MT 59717, and request admission forms. Completion of the Division's pre-application is strongly recommended prior to submitting formal application to the Division of Graduate Education.

Program Requirements

The program offers considerable flexibility to students to help them meet their professional and personal objectives. Plan A requires a thesis. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed, 20 credits of course work and 10 credits of thesis preparation.

Students who choose Plan B are required to complete a professional paper based on a current research issue related to the student's emphasis area. Students will take a minimum of 30 hours of course work (no thesis credits). The final selection of the student's research activity will be the student's responsibility in collaboration with the advisor and the graduate committee.

Required Core Courses

AgEd 506 Research Methods 3 credits
AgEd 507 Program Planning and Evaluation 3 credits
AgEd 590 Thesis Preparation 10 credits(Plan A Only)
EDU 421 Statistical Procedures in Education 3 credits

11 additional credits (Plan A) or 21 additional credits (Plan B) in the emphasis areas of Agricultural Instruction, Agricultural Extension, or Agricultural Relations (Communications).

Financial Assistance

Teaching and research assistantships may be available for qualified students. Interested students should request an assistantship application from: Agricultural Education 106 Linfield Hall MSU, Bozeman , MT 59717 . See the Graduate Assistantship sections for detailed information on appointment criteria



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