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Communications and Agricultural Education

Communications and Agricultural Education

Kansas State University
1612 Claflin Road
301 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3402

785-532-5633 fax

Graduate Program

About the Program

The Master of Science in Agricultural Education and Communication offers professionals in agricultural education, agricultural communications, extension education, and related fields with opportunities to broaden their knowledge while expanding their technical competence. The degree offers a scholarly project option with 32 total credit hours and a master's thesis option with 30 total credits. Courses are available to both part-time students and full-time students, and the program can be completed either entirely by distance or through a combination of distance and coursework on campus. (Program overview)

Program of Study/Degree Requirements

For students who seek a greater focus on developing their skills in research or those who are interested in continuing their education through doctoral study, a thesis option is offered. For students who prefer to focus on expanding their technical knowledge with a decreased emphasis on research, a nonthesis report option is also available (see the detailed curriculum).

The curriculum entails a core of courses in research methods and the philosophical contexts and theoretical foundations of the respective fields of interest. In addition, students pursuing the thesis option supplement this core with coursework in data analysis and thesis research. Students pursuing the report option complete a creative component. The balance of coursework in the thesis option includes 12 hours of elective courses, while project option students complete 21 hours of electives. 

All students work individually with a faculty adviser to tailor a combination of elective courses and to design independent research and creative components with input from a graduate committee. Because we believe graduate education is a highly individualized process, no two students will have identical programs of study. Each student will work with an adviser to identify courses that best meet the student's specific interests and needs. For a more detailed look at curriculum requirements and a listing of possible elective courses, click here. For more information on the course schedule offered through Ag*IDEA, click here. For additional information about specific courses offered at K-State, visit here. For course descriptions of courses offered through Ag*IDEA, visit here.

The Graduate Handbook and forms can be found here. 

The admission process begins with an online application that can be found here. The process includes:

  1. Select admission category (US citizen/permanent resident, international student, or distance learning)
  2. Create an account
  3. Submit required supplemental documents (Please upload all materials directly to the application.)
  4. Pay application fee

Once you have applied to the graduate program online and paid the application fee, you can check the status of the documents you submitted by following this link: https://www.applyweb.com/kstateg/index.ftl and clicking, "manage your account." Your checklist within your application page will reflect ONLY documents you submitted.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the application, please call/email the coordinators below.

Gaea Hock, PhD
Graduate Coordinator
Fax: 785-532-5633


Ashley Schultz
Ag*IDEA Campus Coordinator