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:

  • earn a Master of Science in two years, while working
  • designed to fit your life and your work
  • all courses offered on-line, on your schedule
  • no residency requirements – same price for everyone no matter where you live

Certificates Offered:

  • Teaching and Learning in Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Leadership in Agriculture & Natural Resources

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

  • AEC 6905: Statistical Thinking in Behavorial Sciences
  • AEC 6767: Research Strategies in Agricultural Education & Communication
  • AEC 6912: Nonthesis Research in Agricultural and Extension Education

Specialization Courses

  • AEC 5060: Public Opinion and Agricultural and Natural Resource Issues
  • AEC 5541: Communication and Instructional Technologies in Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • AEC 5454: Leadership Development for Extension and Community Nonprofit Organizations
  • AEC 6210: Designing Educational Programs in Agricultural Settings
  • AEC 6211: Delivery of Educational Programs in Agricultural Settings
  • AEC 6229: Laboratory Instruction: Theory & Practice
  • AEC 6300: Methodology of Planned Change
  • AEC 6325: History & Philosophy of Agricultural Education
  • AEC 6426: Development of a Volunteer Leadership Program.
  • AEC 6543: Teaching and Learning Theory: Applications in Agricultural Education and Communication
  • AEC 6552: Evaluating Programs
  • AEC 6905: Human Dynamics in Leadership
  • AEC 6905: Organizational Leadership

USA requirements for international students

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.


Minimum requirements for direct admission to this program:Anyone interested in applying to our program must apply to the University of Florida and to our department.3.0 grade point average in undergraduate course work completed after 60 hours.Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of approximately 300 or higher will be the most competitive for admissionThree letters of recommendationEmployment in your area of specialization (if applying to the e-Learning Institute)Exceptions to these requirements are subject to recommendation by the department and approval by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences’ associate dean and the Dean of the Graduate School. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80


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.

  • AAUW Financial Aid for Female Graduate Students
  • FAMU Feeder Fellowship
  • Florida BOE Summer Fellowship Program
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GREP)
  • The Graduate School Fellowship (GSF) Program
  • The Graduate School Grinter Fellowships
  • McKnight Doctoral Fellowship
  • SBE Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
  • William C. and Bertha M. Cornett Fellowship Fund
  • University of Florida/Santa Fe College Faculty Development Project
  • USDA E. Kirk De La Garza Fellowship Program


The Department of Agricultural Education and Communication

The University of Florida’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC) is among the country’s best in developing leaders, educators, and communicators to meet society’s challenges in agricultural and life sciences.

The department provides students with the tools and resources needed for success. In addition, AEC supports UF’s Florida Cooperative Extension’s 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 state’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation’s 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.

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