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Why study agricultural leadership online through OSU?

The agricultural leadership online degree program is an advanced studies program for practitioners seeking to develop their knowledge related to leadership and its application to the agricultural industry. Graduates pursue careers in extension, government, corporate agriculture, and human resources and training. 


As a working professional in agriculture, extension education, communications, or leadership it may seem impossible to continue graduate study on campus. The OSU Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership has designed a degree program that enables working professionals to achieve an Agricultural Leadership Master of Agriculture degree online. 


  • Courses are delivered via Canvas, online learning management system
  • Courses are completely asynchronous, requiring no visits to campus


The master of agriculture degree program in agricultural leadership provides a flexible program, which can be tailored to meet each student's unique situation. In addition to the wide variety of professional courses in agricultural education, offerings are also available from all academic departments in the Ferguson College of Agriculture.


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Graduate students work closely with a graduate advisory committee consisting of three faculty members who provide guidance and mentoring. Students, in consultation with their graduate committee, develop an individual plan of study leading to the graduate degree. A plan of study must be filed before completion of 17 credit hours.



Graduate coursework in agricultural leadership includes leadership theory and practice, developments in agricultural and extension education, and a creative component. The Agricultural Leadership Master of Agriculture degree program requires 32 approved semester hours of coursework including a 17-hour area of emphasis. 



Front of Agricultural HallAdmission requirements for the online master of agriculture degree program in agricultural leadership include:

  • A bachelor's degree in an appropriate field such as agricultural education or an agriculturally related area from an accredited university;
  • An acceptable grade point average in undergraduate studies (a minimum GPA of 2.80 or 3.0 in the last 30 hours for unqualified admission);
  • Recommendations from two people knowledgeable of the applicant's professional qualifications. Recommendation letters cannot come from a current faculty member of the OSU Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership.
  • A statement of purpose for pursuing the master’s degree.

To apply for the online master of agriculture degree program in agricultural leadership complete the following:  

  • Submit an application for admission to the OSU Graduate College.
    • Your application will be referred to the department by the Graduate College.  After it is reviewed by the Agricultural Education work group, you will receive notification of its decision from the Graduate College. Applications for admission are reviewed continuously.
  • Submit a statement of purpose and three letters of professional recommendation to the Graduate Coordinator, OSU Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership, 448 Agricultural Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078-6031.



Students enrolled in the Agricultural Leadership master's program will complete 32 credit hours during the course of their studies. Cost estimates below are calculated based on 2022-2023 rates. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available on the Bursar website.

2022-2023 Estimated Cost
  Resident Non-Resident
Total cost per credit hour 459.70 589.90
Total cost per 3-credit hour course 1,379.10 1,769.70
Total program cost based on 32 hours 14,710.40 18,876.80

* This is only an estimate of cost, based on currently approved 2022-2023 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks, exams, or course expenses, nor do they factor in individual transfer credits or scholarship information. Cost will vary if not enrolled in a fully online degree program. Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer



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