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Master of Science in Agricultural Education (Great Plains IDEA)

Program Details

Texas Tech University's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources offers an online Master of Science in Agricultural Education designed to provide students with the skills necessary to advance into a leadership position including educators, employees of state and federal agencies, extension agents, and employees of private businesses. 

Agricultural education is the teaching of agriculture, natural resources, and land management through hands on experience and guidance to prepare students for jobs and to further education to prepare them for advanced agricultural jobs. Classes that may be taught in an agricultural education curriculum include horticulture, land management, turf grass management, agricultural science, small animal care, machine and shop classes, health and nutrition, livestock management, biology courses, and others. 

The department offers two master of science programs, one in Agricultural Education and one in Agricultural Communications. These programs may be completed with 36 hours of approved graduate courses or 30 hours of graduate courses plus six hours of thesis research. Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by inpidual.

This program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA); regionally accredited schools working in partnership to provide students with online opportunities. Students apply at their school of choice.

The online Agricultural Education program is offered through:

  • University of Arkansas
  • California State University - Chico
  • Kansas State University
  • University of Missouri
  • North Carolina State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Texas Tech University


Students planning to pursue a master's degree must submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges