Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications offers an online program leading to the Master of Science degree with a major in agricultural leadership, education and communications at The University of Tennessee. The program is designed primarily for individuals interested in further developing their teaching/learning, leadership, extension and communication knowledge. However, due to the flexibility of the program, it would be of value to any student interested in agriculture or adult and continuing education. The program may be completed under a concentration in agricultural education, agricultural extension, agricultural leadership and agricultural communications.
Candidates for the online Master's degree must meet the general requirements of The Graduate School and those stipulated by the department.
There are two options in this program: the thesis option and the non-thesis option. A candidate for the Master's degree who elects the thesis option must successfully complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit in courses approved by the student's advisory committee, six hours of thesis may be counted toward this requirement. They must have a minimum of 20 hours of graduate credit in courses numbered at or above the 500 level. A minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit in courses appropriate to the area of concentration taught in the program and a minimum of six hours taught from outside the program. A minimum of three hours of graduate credit in course work in either research methodology or statistics. Lastly, a final oral examination will be given.
A candidate for the Master's degree who elects the non-thesis option must successfully complete a minimum of 36 hours of graduate credit in courses approved by the student's advisory committee. A minimum of 24 hours of graduate credit in courses numbered at or above the 500 level. A minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit in courses appropriate to the area of concentration taught in the program and a minimum of six hours taught from outside the program. A minimum of three hours of graduate credit in course work in either research methodology or statistics. A creative component designed by the student and approved by the student's advisory committee for three hours of graduate credit, and a written and oral examination will be given.
Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency. A foreign degree must be equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's degree and must be accredited by its regional or national accreditation agency.
U.S. Degree holders must have earned a 2.7 out of a possible 4.0 GPA or a minimum of 3.0 during the senior year of undergraduate study. Foreign degree holders must have earned a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or other equivalent to a 'B' average. If you have completed previous graduate course work, you must have a grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or equivalent. In addition to the minimum requirements established by the Graduate Council, most graduate programs require a higher GPA.
Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores. To be fully admitted, applicants must submit a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL; 80 on the TOEFL iBT or 6.5 on the IELTS. Applicants may be eligible for English Proficiency Conditional Admission.
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