Rigorous curriculum, hands-on experience, & cutting-edge research. Work closely with nationally recognized faculty to address the human dimensions associated with educating & communicating about agricultural and environmental sciences.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in agricultural leadership and agricultural and Extension education 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 the agricultural production necessary to feed and clothe a growing population while sustaining the natural environment. The doctoral program equips graduates to move directly into faculty roles; leadership and communication positions within NGOs, government agencies, school districts, and Extension; and careers in international agricultural development. Applications of teaching and learning, leadership development, and communication theory are the foundation for the degree. Students can then elect to focus in one of three tracks: leadership, agricultural and Extension education, and science communication.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree consists of a minimum of 45 hours of course work beyond the master’s degree, satisfactory performance on written and oral examinations, and a formal dissertation.

Graduate instruction and research may be undertaken in the following areas of specialization: leadership, agricultural and Extension education and science communication.

Graduate research is coordinated with the department’s overall research program. Students may select a research topic related to the department’s current research projects or an approved area of sponsored research. Exceptional computer facilities, software, and support are available for departmental research.

Financial assistance is available to graduate students on a competitive basis in the form of departmental research and teaching assistantships.

Degree Awarded: PhD

Degree Code: PHD_ALEC

School/College: College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Conner Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7501


Academic Department: Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication

109 Four Towers
Athens, GA 30602-4355

Graduate Coordinator: James Anderson


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