Master of Extension Education

Master of Extension Education

The Master of Extension Education features a multi-disciplinary program with core courses focused on principles of Extension in needs assessment, program development, evaluation, and social science research methodology as well as a suite of supportive elective courses in a variety of Extension specialty areas.  Graduates with Extension education experiences are prepared for dynamic careers in secondary and post-secondary education, non-profits, government, and leadership roles in enterprise.

Admission Requirements

ADMISSION DEADLINES: Fall 2022 application deadlines: Domestic May 4, 2022 | International March 1, 2022  General Requirements
Program-Specific Requirements
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)

  • CV/Resume

  • Supplementary Application

  • Supplementary Application Two

  • Writing Samples (2 required)

  • Description of Research/Work Experience (optional)

  • Portfolio PDF Upload (optional)

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For more information please contact the Program Director, Dr. Melissa Welsh



Program Information


The Master of Extension Education offers a thesis and non-thesis option.

  • Thesis Option: For the thesis option, 6 credit hours must be in AGST 799, "Master’s Thesis Research." The thesis should be completed towards the end of the student's coursework. The thesis must be approved by the Thesis Examining Committee, which consists of three members of the graduate faculty. The chair of the committee should be the student’s thesis advisor.

  • Non-Thesis Option: For the non-thesis option, a minimum of 6 credit hours must be from courses numbered 600 and above. Instead of a thesis, students should submit one professional article in publication ready format or present an individually created research based creative component (curricula, professional training design, learning media product, etc.) to the Non-Thesis Review Committee, which consists of three members of the graduate faculty. The chair of the committee should be the student’s advisor.

30 credits are required including the following core courses:

Course Number Course Title Course Description
AGNR606 Program Planning and Evaluation in Agricultural Education Analysis of community agricultural education needs, selection and organization of course content, criteria and procedures for evaluating programs.
AGNR630 Teaching-Learning in Adult and Continuing Education The teaching/learning process in adult continuing education. Instructional techniques and methodologies appropriate for adults. The curriculum development process. Issues and priorities in adult continuing education.
AGST605 Extension Research Methods with Applied Data Analysis  
AGST640 Critically Examine Maryland Agriculture, Agricultural Industry and Agricultural Literacy An advanced research focused course on examining the mission and history of the Land Grant System as well as appraising the current work conducted through the University of Maryland Extension to extend research to citizens. Often referred to as America in miniature, Maryland boasts diverse people, agricultural practices, cultures, and ecosystems which students will examine to perceive the decision making processes within and across ecological systems. An enriching field practicum with an agricultural agency is required.

For a list of additional approved courses for the Master of Extension Education, visit the Academic Catalog.

Course Registration


Each semester, please meet with Dr. Melissa Leiden Welsh (, Agricultural and Extension Education Director, to go over advising for coursework requirements. After you meet, send email to Dr. Leiden Welsh and Diana Cortez ( including your UID# and listing the classes you plan to take the following semester. Either  Dr. Leiden Welsh or Diana (with permission by Dr. Welsh) will lift the advising block. Students should meet a minimum of once each semester with their committee and thesis advisors. 

As you sign up for classes each semester you'll find that you have an advising block. In order for these to be lifted we'll need from AEED students:

  • Written confirmation from your advisor that you are cleared to register for the next semester.

  • Your UID#; we need this to access your account.  

  • An updated Plan of Study, if applicable. If we are missing any other forms from you we will let you know.

  • In your first semester of enrollment, we recommend that you take one of the AGST core courses (605, 606,630, 640) for the Master of Extension degree.


  • Before registering for classes you must meet with your faculty advisor to confirm your progress towards completing your degree. Either your advisor can email directly on your behalf or you can email a statement and CC your advisor such as the one below:

    • With this email I confirm that I have met with my faculty advisor and/or committee, [INSERT NAME] who is included in this email. No modifications have been made to my Plan of Study. 

  • My faculty advisor has approved that I register for courses for the upcoming semester. My name is [INSERT NAME] and my UID number is [INSERT UID #].

  • Updates: If any modifications need to be made to your Plan of Study please update the plan and send the latest version by email. It is of the utmost importance that your Plan of Study is updated as these changes will be made into which is used by the Graduate School at the time of your graduation. 

  • Again, always copy your faculty advisor when emailing regarding lifting advising blocks.

  • Important: Please remember that it is your responsibility to keep track and understand the deadlines and implications of not meeting them. There are financial implications when the deadlines are not met.

    • Academic Deadlines 

    • Explanation of Schedule Adjustment Period

      • It is important to read through this page. Modifying your schedule may result in financial penalties that become your responsibility. 

        • We would like to avoid you getting charged for modifying your schedule after the first day of classes. Graduate students do get a financial charge if they drop and add courses on different days and that do not equal in credit hours. 

          • You must drop before classes begin or make adjustments according to the policy.

          • During the Schedule Adjustment substitutions must occur on the same day, and 

          • Substitutes must be equivalent in credits.


Graduate School Information and Deadlines

Deadlines for admissions, class registration, fellowship and award, thesis, dissertation and graduation can be found on the Graduate School's website.  

University academic deadlines (drop/add, credit level changes, withdrawal, etc.) can be found on the Office of the Registrar's Academic Deadlines page.

Reminder: It is the responsibility of the student to comply with the various deadlines.  In many cases, exceptions will not be granted.

Graduate Student Registration

Please remember that it is your responsibility to keep track and understand the deadlines and implications of not meeting them.  There are financial implications when the deadlines are not met. 

 Academic Deadlines    Explanation of Schedule Adjustment Period             


Graduate School Forms

Click below to access graduate school forms including:

  • Fellowship and Financial Forms

  • Petitions, Requests, and Waivers

  • Thesis and Dissertation Forms

  • Approved Program Forms (M.S. only)

  • Graduation Forms

  • General Forms (GA, TA, and RA Statement of Mutual Expectations)

  • Faculty and Staff Forms

Graduate School Forms

AEED Forms

If you fill out a form this may require the signature of the Graduate Director. Please include the Graduate Director, Dr. Melissa Welsh, when submitting these forms to the Graduate School.

These forms are filled out between you and your advisor. Copies of these forms go to the Instructional Programs Office at

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