Leadership Education (MS)


Leadership Education, MS

On Campus 30 - 36 cr

Leadership Education, MS

On Campus 30 - 36 cr

The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication offers a Masters of Science degree in Leadership Education.


This program provides academic study and support to people in a variety of academic disciplines who are seeking to enhance their leadership development and leadership education skills. The program provides content and experiential activities that support leadership studies, training and development, extension education, postsecondary teaching, and positions in business, government, or the private sector.

The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication faculty and graduate students are internationally recognized for teaching, research, and outreach. We strive to develop close student-faculty relationships based on strong mentoring experiences.

Depending on your interests, the Master's program will give you the opportunity to:

  • Investigate the foundations and application in leadership, teaching and learning
  • Specialize in a specific area of leadership education
  • Use methods of research and scholarship to examine one topic closely (either in a thesis or special paper)
  • Build skills in your chosen area of leadership, teaching and extension

Apply knowledge gained in actual settings, such as education, agribusiness, non-profit, community and government organizations, and agencies


  1. Environmental Studies
  2. Great Plains Studies
  3. Teaching and Extension Education
    • On Campus
    • GRE

    The Teaching and Extension Education specialization prepares students for careers in community college or university teaching, public school teaching, outreach programs and Cooperative Extension. The specialization is valuable to international students planning teaching careers, as well as for individuals providing educational services. Teaching and extension courses focus on teaching strategies, program planning, adult education, innovation, and use of technology in learning. 

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • GRE
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Resume/CV: Your vitae should include a complete account of your academic and professional history along with your community activities, service, accomplishments, and awards
  • Funding/Assistantship: If you wish to be considered for an assistantship, check the appropriate box(es) in the Funding question on the Additional Information page. A departmental representative will follow up individually about assistantship opportunities.
  • Personal Statement: Describe 1 to 3 personal and professional goals or objectives, and how this degree will help you achieve them. Also describe how your past experience (work, volunteer, research, etc.) provides you a context for studying in this field.
  • Writing Sample (optional): Provide a writing sample that demonstrates your scholarly writing ability, for example a term paper, thesis, or published article.

NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

Admission Deadlines

February 1 for Fall.

Graduate Chair

L.J. McElravy

Support Staff

Jennifer Greenlee

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