Program Admission

The department admits students in the fall and spring semesters. Admissions are competitive, so students applying need to turn in their application materials no later than one month prior to the start of the semester they are applying.

The Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology follows university admission requirements for its M.S. program. In addition to University and Graduate School requirements, students must also meet departmental requirements (below) for admission into the program. 

Departmental Requirements:

The department’s graduate program committee reads each letter of recommendation carefully, therefore it is important that the applicants select appropriate writers. Students should choose letter writers who will be able to speak to the applicant’s potential success in the M.S. program. The letters of recommendation should assess the applicant’s strengths, problem solving skills, motivation, and likelihood of completing the program.

Successful M.S. applicants ask their academic advisers, professors, or a past employer from an internship or job to write their letters of recommendation. The relationship between the applicant and letter writer will be noted by the graduate program committee. Applicants should not ask family members or friends.

In a few days after completing the application for admission, the Graduate School will solicit the names and email addresses of those you choose to write letters of recommendation. Letter writers will then be sent an email from the U of A recognizing they have been asked to write a letter of recommendation for the applicant. They must submit their letters online.

A Statement of Purpose is a 1-2 page statement reviewing your background, your interest in the AEED program, and your future career goals. It should include references to past academic/professional experiences, but should primarily focus on the future. You should express why your experiences and interests make you a good fit for our graduate program.

Remember, it is an example of your writing ability

Highlighting experience, education, extracurricular activities, and scholastic honors.


Once accepted, students will be assigned a temporary adviser upon admission based upon your interest and faculty expertise.  Normally, this relationship works well and no changes are made, but if an adviser change is needed, discuss this with the Graduate Coordinator.

Application Materials due by:

Fall Semester - August 1
Spring Semester - December 1

Fall Semester - April 1
Spring Semester - October 1

Please contact the Graduate Coordinator with any questions.