Online Masters in Agriculture

Adult and professional learners are often place-bound by family, career, or military commitments. As a result, their access to higher learning and professional development is hindered, especially for those students residing in or near communities without institutions of higher education. Access to general higher education programs, primarily through distance education, continues to increase for these adult learners; however, distance-based access to agriculture programs has not kept pace. These adult and professional learners are often excluded from pursuing a master's degree in agriculture; substantially limiting their ability to train or retrain for new and emerging employment opportunities in food and agricultural fields. Inclusion of these students can be facilitated through the development of a distance-based Master's degree program in agriculture, thereby expanding the number and quality of graduate students enrolling in Murray State University's Hutson School of Agriculture (HSOA).

Programs and course requirements

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Online Master of Science in Agriculture

Required Courses Credit Hours
AGR 686 Presentation & Training Strategies in Agriculture 3
AGR 700 Research in Agriculture 6
AGR 713 Graduate Computer Applications in Agriculture 3
AGR 720 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis 3
AGR 722 Graduate Capstone Seminar 1
AGR 735 Research Methodology 3
Agriculture Courses
Choose from courses with AGR or AED prefixes.
12
Total Credit Hours 31

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Online Master of Science in Agriculture with an emphasis in Agribusiness Economics

Course Requirements Credit Hours
Required Core Courses 19
AGR 686 Training and Presentation Dev. Strategies for Ag. Audiences 3
AGR 700 Research in Agriculture 6
AGR 713 Graduate Computer Applications 3
AGR 720 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis 3
AGR 722 Graduate Capstone Seminar 1
AGR 735 Research Methodology 3
Courses Related to Agribusiness & Economics select 12 hours
AGR 628 Agricultural Food & Rural Law 3
AGR 631 Agricultural Finance 3
AGR 652 Agricultural Policy 3
AGR 739 Agribusiness Management  3
AGR 744 Graduate Cooperative Education 3
Total Credit Hours 31

Elective Courses & Substitutions - Advisors may approve substitutions to non-core courses in special situations, such as when a student has already completed an equivalent course. Students should consult with their advisor to identify appropriate online courses among the following prefixes: ACC, AGR, COM, ECO, FIN, MGT, or MKT.

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Online Master of Science in Agriculture with an emphasis in Agriculture Education

Course requirements Credit Hours
Required Core Courses 19
AGR 686 Training and Presentation Dev. Strategies for Ag. Audiences 3
AGR 700 Research in Agriculture 6
AGR 713 Graduate Computer Applications 3
AGR 720 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis 3
AGR 722 Graduate Capstone Seminar 1
AGR 735 Research Methodology 3
Courses Related to Agricultural Education select 12 hours
AED 682 Instructional Design for Agricultural Education 3
AED 683 Collaborating with Agricultural Education Stakeholders 3
AED 684 Beginning Teacher Workshop 3
AED 685 Teaching Adults in Agriculture 3
AED 735 Qualitative Research Methods 3
Total Credit Hours 31

Elective Courses & Substitutions - Advisors may approve substitutions to non-core courses in special situations or to better align coursework with the student’s professional goals. Students should consult with their advisor to identify appropriate online courses among the following prefixes: AGR, COM, CTE, EDU, or NLS.

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Online Master of Science in Agriculture with an emphasis in Sustainable Agriculture

Course requirements Credit Hours
Required Core Courses 19
AGR 686 Training and Presentation Dev. Strategies for Ag. Audiences 3
AGR 700 Research in Agriculture 6
AGR 713 Graduate Computer Applications 3
AGR 720 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis 3
AGR 722 Graduate Capstone Seminar 1
AGR 735 Research Methodology 3
Courses Related to Sustainability in Agriculture select 12 hours
AGR 655 Advanced Soil Fertility 3
AGR 661 Sustainable Agriculture 3
AGR 662 Principles of Agroecology 3
AGR 671 Advanced Precision Agriculture 3
AGR 744 Graduate Cooperative Education 3
Total Credit Hours 31

Elective Courses & Substitutions - Advisors may approve substitutions to non-core courses in special situations or to better align coursework with the student’s professional goals. Students should consult with their advisor to identify appropriate online courses among the following prefixes: AGR, AED, EES, WSC.

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Online Master of Science in Agriculture with a certificate in Veterinary Hospital Management

Course Requirements Credit Hours
Required Core Courses 13
AGR 700 Research in Agriculture1,2 or AGR 798/799 Thesis 6
AGR 720 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis 3
AGR 722 Graduate Capstone Seminar 1
AGR 735 Research Methodology 3
Courses Leading to the Veterinary Management Certificate 18
AGR 680 Veterinary Products 3
AGR 682 Veterinary Practice and Operations 3
AGR 683 Veterinary Law and Ethics 3
AGR 713 Graduate Computer Applications 3
MGT 654 Seminar in Human Resource Management 3
Selected 600 or 700 - level elective in AGR, BUS, MGT, MKT, or Human Resources. 3
Total Credit Hours 31

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Graduate faculty

Dean

Department of Agricultural Science

Department of Animal and Equine Science

Department of Animal Health Technology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Admissions & Acceptance

  1. Is there an application deadline?
    No. You can apply at any time. We encourage students to apply several months in advance of the semester in which they wish to enroll, as applications may take several weeks to process.
  2. I don't want a degree, but I want to take some courses for a professional certification. Do I still need to enroll in the program?
    Yes. All students wishing to take graduate courses at Murray State University are required to apply for admission as a graduate student.
  3. Do I need to take the GRE before applying to the program?
    No, our Master of Science in Agriculture programs do not have a GRE requirement.
  4. How do I get started?
    Congratulations on your decision to invest in your professional future. First, Apply for Graduate School. Your application materials will be reviewed by the University Admissions Department and the Hutson School of Agriculture Graduate Program Coordinator. Once admitted, you will be assigned a temporary adviser and contacted by the Hutson School of Agriculture with additional information about how to get started.
  5. I have more questions, who should I contact?
    Feel free to contact the Hutson School of Agriculture graduate coordinator by email at ashultz@murraystate.edu or by phone at 270.809.6925. If your question is specific to a particular field of study, you may also want to contact a faculty member in that discipline.

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