Online Master's Program

Students completing a Master of Science (M.S.) degree  in Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) will acquire knowledge and skills in foundational disciplines to plan, implement, and evaluate education and communication programs in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences.

The online M.S. degree in ACEL is targeted toward early- and mid-career, place-bound, working professionals who need access to graduate education to advance their personal and professional goals. Equivalent in quality to the on-campus M.S. degree program, the Master of Science is not considered a terminal degree (an appropriate program for students who may be interested in doctoral education in the future). Our program is completely online and the course requirements for the program are listed in our Graduate Program Handbook.

Features of the program include:

  • Minimum of 30 semester hours for the thesis option and 35 semester hours for the non-thesis option.
  • Students progress through their degree, enrolling in about six credit hours each term (Fall, Spring, and Summer) for two years.
  • The program will be delivered predominantly online.
  • Thesis or Project - All students complete a thesis or project as part of the degree requirements. Students work closely with an advisor to identify a research or project topic aligned with their interests.

Admission Requirements 

Detailed application information for our program is linked here at the  Office of Graduate Admissions.   We no longer require the GRE for admission.  ACEL follows the general minimum criteria established by the Graduate School which ask students to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. 

Tuition and Fees 

The fee schedule for our online program is linked here.   Online students can enroll in one course at a time (typically 3 credit hours) or some students enroll full time as well (over 8 hours is considered full time).

What does this program prepare you to do?

This degree prepares students for local community development and program planning.   Many of the courses involve program planning, human development, and strategic planning.  This does prepare students for careers in informal education programs, learning and engagement, program planning, and leadership.   

Course Offerings

For course offerings over a two year period, check out our AEE On-line Two-Year Sequence. 


The Ohio State University is authorized to offer the Master of Science in Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership in all 50 states.  For more information on state authorization requirements and disclosures related to online programs, please visit