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.

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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.

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

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.



Admission Requirements

Admission Deadlines



  • 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)