The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership just underwent an extensive curricular revision which went into effect in Autumn 2019. Students who earn their PhD in ACEL have the opportunity to specialize in areas such as International Development, Agricultural Communication, Community and Extension Education and Leadership, and Agricultural Education.
The PhD program still includes potential specializations in International Development, Agricultural Communication, Community and Extension Education and Leadership, and Agricultural Education. PhD students will complete core courses in theory and research as well as departmental electives and outside cognate courses of their choosing. This allows for a large degree of individualization and flexibilty while still maintaining a solid foundation in research and theory. Former ACEL students have completed doctoral dissertations on a wide range of topics in these fields. Browse previous ACEL dissertations from 1938-2019. For an overview of the PhD program requirements, review the revised PhD curriculm worksheet or the ACEL Graduate Program Handbook.
Application Deadline for Autumn 2021 is December 1, 2020
For detailed information about application requirements, please review our application requirements. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-21 Academic Year. ACEL only admits one time per year for the PhD program. All applicants wishing to be admitted to the PhD program should submit application by December 1.