The Master of Science degree is a six semester program tailored to meet the needs of busy professionals who are looking for a distance degree program that is compatible with their current work. All classes are online, offered through a state-of-the-art system that allows you to complete your coursework when your schedule allows.
The KEY features of the MS program include:
The Online Master of Science Program
Our online program is comprised of two required courses and your selection of other course work from our department or other appropriate web-based courses available in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences. Three credits of non-thesis research is also required, as you will develop a cumulative project under the direction of your advisor (you may use up to six research credits). The Master of Science in AEC requires a minimum of 32 credit hours for completion, a nonthesis project, and a final comprehensive exam.
Core Courses & Required Nonthesis Research
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
Graduate assistantships are available to qualified* students on a competitive basis and are administered through the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication. Assistantships are awarded depending on the available funding each year and are focused in the area of teaching, research and/or extension.
In addition to assistantships, PhD students are eligible for fellowship awards. Fellowship awards are given on a competitive basis. The Graduate Committee nominates potential PhD students for fellowships. If a potential PhD student is interested in a fellowship, they should complete the application (232KB PDF) and turn it in with their application. Below you will find a list of additional graduate fellowships available to you.
The Department of Agricultural Education and Communication
The University of Floridas Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC) is among the countrys best in developing leaders, educators, and communicators to meet societys challenges in agricultural and life sciences.
The department provides students with the tools and resources needed for success. In addition, AEC supports UFs Florida Cooperative Extensions efforts and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences varied academic and research programs, including the Teaching Resource Center, the Wedgworth Leadership Institute and the Program Development and Evaluation Center.
Our Vision: To be distinguished by our impact on practice, value to stakeholders, scholarly contributions to the discipline, and leadership in the profession.
Our Mission: To serve society by advancing individuals and organizations in agriculture and natural resources through research and evidence-based practice in education, communication, and leadership.
The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The states oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nations most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. The Association of American Universities is a nonprofit association of 61 U.S. and two Canadian preeminent public and private research universities. Founded in 1900, the AAU focuses on national and institutional issues that are important to research-intensive universities, including funding for research, research and education policy, and graduate and undergraduate education.
The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor, master, specialist, engineer, doctoral and professional degrees.