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New Online Master's Degree Available in Agricultural Education

written by: TanyaM•edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 12/7/2011

Montana State University (MSU) has recently announced a new online master's program in Agricultural Education. How is it structured, what are the requirements and could it be the online master's degree for you?

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    About the Agricultural Education Degree

    Montana State University has recently launched a new online Master’s degree in agricultural education to meet the needs of long-distance agricultural education students. This degree adds to the growing number of online programs offered by Montana State University.

    The online Master’s degree in agricultural education requires 30 credit hours and takes two years to complete. Students must register for at least six credits per semester. The classes focus on improving your skills in the area of agricultural education, with an emphasis on leadership and communication. Students may take online classes from any of the disciplines within the College of Agriculture at Montana State University, including specialized courses in agricultural economics and animal sciences. Students will also take online courses from the College of Education, including in the areas of adult education and curriculum coordination.

    Montana State University’s online degrees are a great deal for students who live in Montana. Residents receive a reduced rate of $326.80 per credit hour; out-of-state graduate students are charged $793.45 per credit hour. The per credit tuition may be slightly less expensive based on how many credits you take per semester. Refer to this chart for exact numbers. Keep in mind that these fees do not include your expenses for books or application fees.

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    Benefits of this Agricultural Education Degree

    So who should get a Master’s degree from Montana State University online? MSU specifically created this online degree for agricultural teachers and extension agents, especially those who want to work full-time while pursuing their degree.The ultimate goal of the online degree is to facilitate a career in teaching, although agriculture degrees can also be useful for a career in government or business. Like with other online degrees, students should be motivated and interested in the subject matter. Online learning takes a little more personal motivation than traditional degrees, but it is a great choice for busy professionals or parents with small children at home.

    Keep in mind that some time on campus is required for the online Master’s degree in agricultural education. Students must attend an orientation session in Bozeman and must present their professional paper in person. However, all other coursework for this Master’s degree is completed online.

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    How to Apply

    Applications will be accepted until July 15, 2009 for admission into the Fall 2009 class. Courses begin three times per year—in the Spring, Fall and Summer. Montana State University recommends that applicants have an undergraduate degree in agriculture or education, although they will consider related degrees as well. A 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework is considered the minimum acceptable average. Students must also submit GRE scores, a statement of purpose and three written recommendations. Montana State University looks for a combined GRE score of at least 1,000.

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