Programs of Study

Master of Agricultural and Environmental Education

The Master of Agricultural and Environmental Education (MAEE) degree program develops professionals to lead, teach and communicate about food, environmental and social systems. Thesis and non-thesis options are available, and the program is available online or in person on the Athens or Tifton Campuses.

Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication

The PhD in agricultural and environmental leadership, agricultural and extension education, and science communication prepares graduates to address the human dimensions associated with educating and communicating about agricultural and environmental sciences.


Graduate research and teaching assistantships are paid positions within ALEC. A graduate assistant also receives a full tuition waiver for both in-state and out-of-state tuition.

Graduate Student Association

The ALEC Graduate Student Association enriches the graduate student experience by fostering personal and professional development through social and scholarly activities, developing a sense of community among students on and off campus and acting as the official voice of graduate students within the department.  

Graduate Student Handbook & Forms

Read the policies behind admissions, degree completion, and more in the ALEC Graduate Student Handbook. Access departmental forms that aid in graduate degree planning, too.

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Admission Requirements for both MAEE and PhD Programs:

  • Transcripts
  • GRE scores (optional)
  • TOEFL (for international students without a degree from an institution in an English-speaking county)
  • Three letters of reference
  • Statement of Purpose
  • At least one academic writing sample
  • Resume or CV

Application Deadlines

February 1st

  • All fall semester PhD applicants
  • Fall semester MAEE applicants seeking financial support

April 1st

  • Fall semester MAEE applicants not seeking financial support
  • Double Dawg MAEE applicants

October 1st

  • All PhD & MAEE spring semester applicants

Graduate Coordinator

James C. Anderson, II
James C. Anderson, II Associate Professor
Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication