Master's Degrees

In Person Master's Degree Programs

ACEL offers both a Master of Science and a Master of Eduation. For more about our online Master's degree, please visit the online Master's page. 

MS Program Overview

Our Master of Science (MS) in Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) just underwent an extensive curriculuar revision. Students who earn their MS in ACEL have the opportunity to specialize in Agricultural Communication, Agricultural Education, Community and Extension Education, International Development, or Leadership. For an overview of the MS program requirements, review the MS Curriculum Worksheet or the ACEL Graduate Program Handbook

MS Application Information 

For detailed information about application requirements, please review our application requirements. Full-time students who wish to be considered for funding for the 2021-2022 academic year, should submit their application by December 1, 2020. 

MS Funding Information

ACEL does have a limited number of Graduate Associateships available. Students who wish to be considered for funding for the 2021-22 academic year should submit their application by December 1, 2020. 

MS- Thesis Option 

The purpose of a thesis is to discover new knowledge. Students will work closely with their advisor and graduate advisory committee to identify an appropriate topic and conduct research to discover new knowledge in a systematic manner. MS programs should include a thesis research project that reflects individual scholarship and addresses a topic significant and important to the student's specialization area. Browse previous ACEL MS theses from 1927-2019. A suggested thesis outline can be found on page 35 of the ACEL Graduate Handbook

MS - Non-Thesis Option -

This option requires a non-thesis project that, generally, applies or restructures existing knowledge. A project is an individual, creative endeavor developed in cooperation with their advisor and advisory committe. Some potential projects could include: the production of a teaching manual, teaching matrials, field study, student self-study package, evaluation material, a needs survey, production of  a communication campaign, an online website, an educational video, a magazine/publication, a multimedia package, a crisis plan, strategic planning, team building, diversity, professional ethics, strengths assessment, or visioning. A suggested project outline can be found on page 37 of the ACEL Graduate Program Handbook


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Masters of Education (M.Ed.)

The M.Ed.program is for students who would like to earn licensure to teach Agricultural Education in a high school environment. Students should have a 


M.S. students should plan to enroll in ACEL 8999 for at least 3 hours during the term(s) when the research is being conducted, thesis draft is being written, and the final oral exam is completed. 

*To meet Ohio professional licensure requirements, additional courses will most likely be required.