Agricultural Education Program

Division of Agricultural Education

230 Linfield Hall
PO Box 172830, Bozeman , MT 59717-2830
Tel: 406-994-2132, Fax: 406-994-6696, email:

Division of Agricultural Education Head:  Dr. George Haynes

Associate Professor:  Dr. Carl G. Igo
Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Shannon Arnold
Assistant Professor: Dr. Dustin Perry


In order to apply for the Agricultural Education program, be sure you have completed the following and are prepared to report it during the application process:

  • 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
  • International students only: Minimum TOEFL score of 213 is required for all international applicants

Once all application materials are received they will be reviewed by the Agricultural Education graduate committee. Based on their review, a recommendation will be made to The Graduate School regarding admission. The Graduate School will inform the applicant of their final decision. If you do not meet these requirements, you may seek provisional admission. Provisional admission is not guaranteed to students who do not meet the requirements but is used in defined instances.

Degree Requirements

To earn a Masters of Science in Agricultural Education students must complete a minimum of 30 credits.  Students deficient in preliminary course work may be required by their graduate committee to take additional courses for which they will not receive graduate credit (courses numbered 400).  All students' coursework must include Research Method in Agricultural Education (AGED 506), Program Planning and Evaluation (AGED 507),  Graduate Seminar (AGED 594),  Philosophy of Teaching and Learning in Agricultural Education AGED 511

The masters program may be taken under either of two plans. One plan requires a thesis (Plan A) and other requires a professional paper or project (Plan B, online).   All students are expected to submit their research to a journal or periodical for publication upon the completion of their degree program.

Financial Assistance

Teaching and Research Assistantships may be available for qualified students. Interested students should apply to: Division of Agricultural Education, 230 Linfield Hall, P.O Box 172830, MSU, Bozeman , MT 59717-2830. See the Graduate Assistantship section of The Graduate School website for detailed information on appointment criteria.


Deadlines for applying to the Ag Ed program are:

  • July 1st for Fall semester, November 15th for Spring Semester**
  • March 15th for Summer semester**  

**International students should have application materials in two months prior to the dates mentioned above.

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