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Youth Development and Agricultural Education Graduate Program

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Graduate Studies in YDAE

Do you want a career that has an impact on developing people and agriculture? In YDAE, you’ll combine a people-oriented degree with work in selected technical and scientific areas. Prepare to become a leader in the world’s food, fiber, and natural resources system by empowering the leadership capacity and capability of individuals and groups, educating youth and adults through agricultural and life sciences, and enhancing the quality of life for all citizens.

Our Reputation

The Graduate Program in the Youth Development & Agricultural Education department prepares individuals for careers as formal and non-formal educators, professional communicators, and academicians.

Our faculty are outstanding classroom teachers who are conducting innovative research that is impacting the way people learn in formal and informal educational settings.

YDAE graduate students have the ability to work effectively in workplaces and communities with an appreciation for social diversity, freedom of expression and open civil discussion of academic and professional issues.

YDAE has exceptional students who are preparing to make a real difference in the world today and tomorrow. YDAE graduates have gone on to be Extension and Community Youth Educators, Informal Educators for Public Zoos, Entrepreneurs in Agribusiness, as well as into higher education as administrators and faculty.

Graduate students may choose one of three specializations to help them build competencies for a targeted career market:

  • Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Agricultural & Science Communication
  • Life Science Education

Our Requirements

The department offers both masters and doctoral degree options

  • Admission Requirements
  • Online application form
  • Official Transcripts
  • GRE Scores
  • TOEFL Scores (International Students)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 3 letters of recommendation
YDAE Grad Student Reading Presentation