Programs of Study

Master of Agricultural and Environmental Education

MAEE develops professionals to lead, teach and communicate about food, environmental and social systems.  Candidates must complete an approved program of 36 semester hours of graduate work. Thesis and non-thesis options are available. The MAEE degree program is available online or face-to-face on the Athens or Tifton campuses.


Learners in the MAEE program will:

  • Work in leadership positions within the agricultural and environmental sciences industry
  • Educate the public about agricultural and environmental sciences
  • Communicate with the public about agricultural and environmental sciences issues
  • Use leadership skills to solve challenging problems of society
  • Conduct original research that promotes food, environmental, and social sustainability

Domestic Applicant Deadlines

  • Assistantship Application for Fall Semester – February 1st
  • MAEE Application for Fall Semester - April 1st
  • Application for Spring Semester – October 1st

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Graduate Certificates in Other Departments of Interest to MAEE Students


Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication

The PhD in agricultural leadership, agricultural and Extension education, and science communication provides a wide range of educational and research experiences designed specifically to prepare graduates with the skills they need to address complex issues associated with agricultural production necessary to feed and clothe a growing population while sustaining the natural environment.  Candidates must complete an approved program of 45 semester hours of coursework beyond the master's degree, satisfactory performance on written and oral examinations, and a formal dissertation. The ALEC PhD degree program is available face-to-face on the Athens campus.


Candidates in the ALEC PhD program will focus in one of these tracks:

  • Leadership
  • Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Science Communication

Graduates of the ALEC PhD program will be equipped for:

  • Faculty roles
  • Leadership and communication positions within NGOs, government agencies, school districts, and teaching and Extension
  • Careers in international agricultural development

Domestic Applicant Deadline

  • PhD Application for Fall Semester – February 1st

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What Can I Do with a Graduate Degree in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication?

Imagine PhD allows students to assess their interests, skill sets, and values and how they align with career paths. This is an online planning tool to help students strategize on ways to develop skill sets needed to pursue a career of choice.