M.Ed Professional Studies

The master of education (M.Ed.)/professional studies program in agricultural education is a graduate-level, practitioner-based program. This program will appeal to high school agricultural education teachers, Extension educators, or those employed in agricultural business, youth and adult organizations, and government agencies.

The program is flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs of individual students. With guidance from faculty advisers, students choose at least 30 semester credits that may include coursework, independent study, internships, workshops, school-based experiences, and an integrating paper. The program is offered by the Department of Organizational, Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).

Courses at the University of Minnesota are offered at a variety of times, including late afternoons. Students can also enroll in courses offered during the summer and at off-campus school sites.

Students must complete their degree five years after initial enrollment in the program. Continuous enrollment is required; students must enroll fall and spring semester until degree conferral. A leave of absence is possible if you plan a break in your degree program. Students must maintain a 2.80 minumum grade point average (GPA).

Admission

Admission requirements for this program include the following criteria:

  • A bachelor’s degree with a 2.50 overall grade point average (GPA) from an accredited institution
  • Relevant professional experience or relevant undergraduate major

All applicants must submit the following items:

  • Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts. There is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material. Click here for more information about transcripts and credentials.

All applicants must upload or submit the following items with their online applications:

  • Résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's potential.
  • Personal Statement describing your career goals and rationale for interest in the M.Ed. program (limit two pages)
  • Application fee: $75 for U.S. students/$95 for international students. You will be charged when your online application is submitted. Fees must be paid with a credit card and are nonrefundable.

Nonnative English Speakers and/or International Students

  • Submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Register for the test and submit scores at http://www.ets.org/toefl/.

  • Exceptions may be granted for applicants who will have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States before entering the University of Minnesota.
  • Refer to the TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines.

Apply Online

  • Apply online.
  • Save your PIN number and password so that you can work on the application over time.
  • Follow application instructions carefully, because once your application is submitted, you will no longer have access to add/change application information or upload required supplemental material.
  • As your application is being reviewed, you can log back into your account to view your current application status.
  • Your admission decision will also be displayed in your application account.

The College reviews applications on an ongoing basis. Application reviews for specific academic terms begin by the following dates:

  • March 1—summer session admission
  • July 1—fall semester admission
  • November 1—spring semester admission

Applicants are typically notified of admission decisions four to six weeks after application deadlines.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 12 graduate semester transfer credits may be applied to the M.Ed. program. Credits may include any combination of the following coursework:

  • Up to eight graduate semester credits from fully accredited institutions other than the University of Minnesota
  • Credits completed at the University of Minnesota before admission to the M.Ed. program

Transfer courses must be completed at the graduate level and approved by a faculty adviser and the college. Contact the program’s faculty adviser for more information.

Curriculum

Program requirements (PDF)

Registration

Currently admitted degree-seeking or non-degree seeking students may register online for coursework.

Students who want to begin M.Ed. coursework before admission to the M.Ed. program must use the One Stop non-degree registration option.

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