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AEED Master of Science Degree

The Master of Science in Agricultural and Extension Education is designed for agricultural science teachers, extension agents, and other professionals involved in formal or informal education organizations, as well as agricultural professionals who work with applied agricultural technologies or agricultural communications. The program is administered by the UA Graduate School and offered by the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences. Admission is a two-step process: Students first must be admitted to the UA Graduate School followed by departmental acceptance of admission to the program.


This program requires 33 hours of graduate-level work including the following:

1. 12 hours of core courses consisting of:

  • AGED 5463 - Research Methodology in the Social Sciences
  • AGED 5473 - Interpreting Social Data in Agriculture
  • AGED 5483 - Technical Communication in the Social Sciences
  • AGED 5053 - Philosophy of Agricultural and Extension Education

2. A 3-hour special problem (non-thesis option) or an approved 6-hour thesis project and AGED 5563-Thesis   Proposal Development (thesis option).

3. The remaining 12 hours for thesis option or 18 hours for the non-thesis option may be taken from elective courses in a technical agricultural area or Agricultural and Extension Education courses, with the approval of your graduate committee.

4. The successful completion of an oral or written examination upon fulfillment of degree requirements.

5. A cumulative grade point average of 2.85 or higher.

Department Requirements:

In addition to admission to the Graduate School, applicants must 1) have satisfactory undergraduate preparation in related fields of study, 2) three letters of recommendation, 3) satisfactory GRE or MAT scores, and 4) submit a writing sample. The recommendation letters and writing sample are submitted to the Graduate Coordinator.

Online Option

Students have the option of completing the degree program online to balance career advancement with professional, family and financial commitments. The 12 hours of core courses required for the program are available online from the University of Arkansas. Elective courses may be selected from additional U of A courses or from courses offered in the AG*IDEA alliance. READ MORE >>


All students who wish to earn graduate-level credit, whether as a degree-seeking student or as a non-degree student, must be officially admitted by the Graduate School. Applications for admission to the Graduate School must be accompanied by a $40 application fee ($50 for international students), which is non-refundable and will not apply against the general registration fee if the applicant enrolls.

View the online application form.

Applications may be delivered or mailed to:

Graduate and International Admissions Office
213 Ozark Hall
340 N. Campus Drive
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

For questions regarding admission to the program, call 479-575-6346.

Admission Requirements

  • A grade point average of 3.0 or better (A= 4.0) on all course work taken prior to the receipt of the baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; 
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or better on all course work taken on the last 60 hours of course work taken prior to receipt of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or
  • A grade point - between 2.50 and 2.99 on the last 60 hours of course work taken prior to the receipt of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examinations general test, the Miller Analogies Test, or a similar test acceptable to the Graduate Dean); or
  • Conferral of a post-baccalaureate graduate degree (excluding professional degrees) from a regionally accredited institution.

Individuals who do not meet these requirements may be considered for admission with a petition to the program coordinator, Dr. Donna L. Graham,


Transcripts are self-managed for the admission process. It is the responsibility of those applicants who desire full graduate standing to request from each college or university which the student has previously attended two official copies of the official transcript in a sealed envelope. The sealed transcripts should be sent to the address below along with the application for admission. The transcript of the student's academic record includes all courses, grades, and credits attempted and indication of degree(s) earned.

Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Graduate and International Admissions Office 
213 Ozark Hall
340 N. Campus Drive
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Application Timelines

The University should receive all application materials, including all official transcripts, at least one month prior to the date of registration. The deadlines for consideration are:

 Fall Semester

August 1

Spring Semester

December 1

Summer Semester

April 1


For international students, deadlines are:


Fall Semester

May 31

(April 1 for overseas

graduate applications)

Spring Semester

October 1


Summer Semester

March 1


Summer 2015

AGED 4243 - Graphic Design (online)

AGED 5013 - Advanced Methods in Agricultural Mechanics (on-campus)

AGED 520V (901) - Leadership and Management of Volunteers (online, Ag-Idea course taught by Oklahoma State University)

AGED 520V (902) - Visual Communications in Agricultural Communications (online, Ag-Idea course taught by Texas Tech University)


Fall 2015

AGED 5463 - Research Methods (online)

AGED 5473 - Interpreting Social Data in Agriculture (online)

AGED 4243 - Graphic Design (on-campus)

AGED 4443 - Principles of Technological Change (online)

AGED 5033 - Leadership in Agricultural Organizations (online)

AGED 520V - Advanced Teaching Methods (online, Ag-Idea course taught by University of Missouri)

AGED 520V - Advanced Communication Theory (online, Ag-Idea course taught by Texas Tech University)

AGED 520V - Program Planning (online, Ag-Idea course taught by North Carolina State University)

AGED 520V - Scientific Communications (online, Ag-Idea course taught by Kansas State University)


Note: Students can enroll in approved AG*IDEA courses in other programs pending enrollment availability. Consult with graduate coordinator (during the pre-registration periods of April and November) for registration instructions.

Following are current tuition rates as set by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. Additional fees may apply to business courses, various degree programs, and various locations. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. Rates may not apply to all programs. For more information about tuition and fees or to estimates tuition cost, visit the Treasurer's Office website.

Graduate Tuition (effective Fall 2013)

$361.54 per credit hour (Arkansas resident)

$855.32 per credit hour (non-Arkansas resident)

Note: A technology charge of $25.00/credit hour fee is charged on courses taught in state via distance education in addition to the graduate tuition amounts listed above.

Ag*IDEA Tuition

Effective Fall 2013, tuition/fees for AG*IDEA courses are $500 per credit hour.

Arkansas students enrolling in an elective course taught through the AG*IDEA consortium will pay the common price of tuition agreed to by the member institutions. By agreeing to a common price, this eliminates the question of in-state and out-of-state tuition depending on where the student is located and/or which university the student is enrolled.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • How do I get started?
    For a checklist, click HERE.
  • What do I do after being admitted to the program? 
    Begin the process of registration by consulting with your academic advisor in the department.The advisor will help explain the program requirements, selecting a committee, and course options. You will also need to establish an email account and learn to register in the student information system, called ISIS
  • Can I transfer hours into the program?
    Yes. University of Arkansas policy allows six hours to be transferred into a degree program from an accredited institution and if approved by your advisor. Ag*IDEA courses are not considered as transfer courses.
  • What if I have a GPA lower than a 3.0?
    Refer to the admission requirements of the Graduate School. If your GPA is below 3.0 overall, then you must have a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work . If your GPA is 2.50-2.99, you will also require a satisfactory score on a standardized test (Graduate Record Examinations general test, the Miller Analogies Test, or a similar test acceptable to the Graduate Dean) to be eligible for admission. These exams may be taken at any 4-year higher education institution. Testing dates may vary at each institution. Those interested in taking a test at the University of Arkansas, please click HERE.
  • Can I complete this program with all online courses? 
    Yes, the program is offered with online courses and on-campus courses. You may select the option that best fits you. All courses selected need to be approved by your advisor.
  • How much time do I have to complete the course? 
    Classes will begin and end according to the University of Arkansas Calendar if the course is taught by an instructor of the University of Arkansas. Ag*IDEA courses will follow the academic calendar of the institution offering the course.


  • How do I get a copy of my transcript?
    Transcripts are available from the Registrar's Office at a cost of $5.00 per transcript.
  • Can I access the University of Arkansas library online?
    Yes. Access is provided to students once enrolled in the courses.
  • How do I learn to use the ISIS system?
    Valuable links to assist the first time student are listed below: Activating your UA Email Account Tutorial and your four-digit Personal Identification Number(PIN)?
    Tutorials are availableto assist in ISIS login, registration, searching for classes, dropping classes, checking grades and other helpful hints.
  • What technology is needed for online courses?
    The Global Campus explains all of the requirements on their website. Click HERE for more information.


  • Are textbooks included in the registration fee?
    No. You may order through the University of Arkansas Bookstore or a vendor of your choice.
  • Does the fee waiver apply for the Ag*Idea courses?
    Yes. You are admitted into the MS-AEED degree program at the University of Arkansas so all academic policies and financial responsibility due to the University of Arkansas apply. You must complete the same fee waiver forms by the deadlines posted.
  • When is payment expected?
    Payment is expected during the first week of classes.
  • Can I pay for my classes in installments? 
    Contact the University of Arkansas Treasurer's Office for details.
  • Where can I get a copy of my bill? 
    Students may secure a copy of their bill from the Student Information System (ISIS).
  • Am I eligible to receive financial aid? Who do I contact? 
    Contact the U of A Financial Aid office for details. Visit their website or call 479-575-3806 for more information.


  • Admission, Graduate Program Information & Ag*IDEA Program Information
    Dr. Donna L. Graham
    Graduate Coordinator
    205 AGRI Building
    465 N. Campus Drive       Fayetteville,AR 72701