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The online master's program is designed to meet the needs of professional agricultural educators and extension agents. The curriculum includes courses in technical agriculture, educational methods, research and program development. The degree is designed to improve graduates' professional and technical skills in the areas of agricultural education, communication, leadership, and extension.


  • 30 credits completed in approximately six semesters (two years)
  • Minimum of six credits per semester and three credits in the summer
  • All courses offered online
  • Asynchronous coursework
  • Written exam and professional paper in lieu of a thesis
  • Individual academic advisor
  • Limited face-to-face interaction

MSU Division of Agricultural Education


  • 30 graduate credits including core courses and a professional research paper
  • Participants are required to attend an orientation session and present their professional paper on campus. Other meetings may be scheduled as needed.


  • A bachelor's degree in an appropriate field such as agricultural education, agricultural communications, or an agriculturally related area from an accredited university;
  • An acceptable grade point average in undergraduate studies (minimum GPA of 3.0);
  • Graduate Record Examination score of 300 or above (combined verbal and quantitative; verbal section minimum 152). Score of 3.5 or higher on the GRE analytical writing section.
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 213 is required for all international applicants.

If you do not meet these requirements, you may seek provisional admission.


       Complete an MSU graduate school application ($60) by

    • Summer / Fall deadline - April 1
    • Spring deadline - December 1

For more details, see the Division of Agricultural Education page.


  • 30 credits, including core courses and a professional research paper
Typical Schedule
YEAR 1 Course 
  Fall EDCI 501 Educational statistics
    AGED 506 Research methods in agriculture*
  Spring AGED 507 Program development and evaluation*
  Summer    Approved elective course **
YEAR 2 Course 
  Fall AGED 511 Philosophy of Teaching and Learning
    Approved elective course **
  Spring AGED 575 Professional research
    Approved elective course **
    AGED 594 Seminar*
  Summer    AGED 575 Professional research

*Required courses

**Electives can be chosen to build your knowledge in education, research methods, environmental sciences, health and human development, science education educational leadership, and more.

For More Information

MSU Division of Agricultural Education
230 Linfield Hall
P.O. Box 172830
Bozeman, MT 59717-2830

(406) 994-2132

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