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Master’s Programs

Learn more about the Agricultural Education and Human Sciences (AEHS) Master's Programs.

Creating Leaders Who Support Agriculture, Youth and Families

In the Agricultural Education and Human Sciences (AEHS) academic program, we educate students in agriculture and human sciences, find solutions to problems and extend knowledge to create healthy communities for youth and families. Our graduates teach in formal and non-formal settings, work with non-profits, and community and government agencies, and are employed in various fields of agriculture and in the human sciences sectors. Our department encompasses a diverse group of professionals and experts across many professions and specialties all focused on improving the lives of farmers, families, youth, individuals, and communities. 

You can earn a Master of (Non-Thesis) or Master of Science (Thesis) in one of four concentrations:

Agricultural Education

Our graduate programs offer flexibility and enable graduates to pursue diverse career options. Prepare for a career teaching agricultural education to middle or high school students, or become an Extension agent helping farmers and families succeed in their communities. Or pursue other rewarding positions such as agricultural museum curators, environmental educators, agricultural public relations representatives, or congressional officers.

Agricultural Leadership Development

In our Master’s degree programs, you will learn the breadth, depth, and diversity of leadership
across contexts (teams, organizations, communities). Our work is rooted in the foundational
research of the discipline, and you will gain the skills and knowledge to effectively work with a
global constituency. We emphasize positive and applied learning environments and
communities of practice so that you will not only leave fully prepared to excel in your careers,
but have a network of individuals on whom you may call throughout your professional life.

Extension Education

The extension education concentration is especially appropriate for students enrolled in agricultural, human sciences, natural resources, and nutrition majors and/or those students who are interested in careers with the Cooperative Extension Service or other nonformal educational/community outreach organizations. Students completing a minor in extension education will become familiar with the organization, structure, and mission of Cooperative Extension; planning and delivery of nonformal educational programs; management and leadership of volunteers; communication media and technology; and leadership theory, principles, and skills.

Family and Community Sciences

Demand is high for qualified professionals to teach, administer and create educational programs and support systems for children, youth and families in North Carolina and beyond. A concentration in Family and Community Sciences will prepare and strengthen current and future professionals to work with youth and families in community-based settings.