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Master of Agricultural Leadership

MAL 2013 Cohort | ALEC at UGAThe Master of Agricultural Leadership (MAL) develops leaders, educators, and communicators to lead, teach and communicate about food, environmental, and social systems.

Check out Andrea Scarrow's testimonial about the MAL program!

Applying for Graduate Studies with ALEC

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Complete UGA Graduate School online application

Admissions Requirements

Take the GRE
Graduate Record Exam

*Verbal Score of 150 or higher; Quantitative Score of 140 or higher
*Undergraduate GPA for U.S. students of 3.0 or higher

Write your Statement of Purpose

* How will this graduate degree benefit you personally and professionally?
* How does your educational and professional background make this degree ideal for you?
* What about this degree, the ALEC department, and our faculty appeals to you?

Write your Letter of Intent

Note: this step is necessary ONLY if you are applying for funding.
* Why are you pursuing funding?
* How could your current experience level contribute to the ALEC department’s teaching, research, and extension missions?
* What ALEC faculty member would you be interested in working under for an asistantship and why?


NOTE THESE IMPORTANT DEADLINES…

Fall

  • February 15: Early decision (important for assistantships)
  • April 15: Mid decision
  • June 15: Regular decision  (all applications must be received by this date for the upcoming Fall semester)

Spring

  • November 15: All applications must be received 

Contact Dr. Nick Fuhrman, Graduate Coordinator, for more information.


Graduates

  • Outline a philosophy of leadership development based on theory applied to current issues and trends
  • Critically evaluate research
  • Communicate with public concerning agricultural issues
  • Use interpersonal skills and dynamics related to problem solving
  • Practice group process, problem solving and team building
  • Conceptualize theories of organizational development related to profit and non-profit agricultural organizations
  • Research, synthesize and articulate public issues related to agricultural and environmental issues
  • Work in leadership positions of agribusinesses, state and federal agencies and agricultural commodity commissions and organizations
  • Develop a personal framework in dealing with ethical issues related to agricultural and environmental sciences
  • Formulate a plan for conflict resolution, managing and initiating change in groups and organizations

MAL Graduates Engage in Careers that Promote Food, Environmental, and Social Sustainability

Master of Agricultural Leadership graduates pursue careers in formal and nonformal educational settings, leadership and service positions, and the communications industry. For example secondary agricultural education teacher, Extension educator, commodity organization communications specialist, sales representative, or may opt to continue their education at the doctoral level.

Are you Seeking to Certify to Teach Agriculture Education after Earning a Bachelors Degree or Upgrade to a T-5 Teacher Certificate?

ALEC offers three options for those seeking to teach agriculture education after completing a bachelor's degree or upgrade to a T-5 teacher certificate.

  1. Initial Teacher Certification applies to those who have not earned a degree in Agricultural Education and desire to certify to teach agriculture as well as earn a Master of Agricultural Leadership with an area of emphasis in Agricultural Education.
  2. Provisional Teacher Certification Upgrade applies to those who have not earned a degree in Agricultural Education and who desire to certify to teach as well as earn a Master of Agricultural Leadership degree with an area of emphasis in Agricultural Education.
  3. Upgrade to T-5 Teacher Certification applies to those who have earned a degree in Agricultural Education and who have certified to teach Agricultural Education. This program must meet the area of emphasis for Agricultural Education requirements.

Where are MAL Graduates Now?

Milton Newberry, III – Ph.D. Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, University of Florida. Milton and an OWL-standing teaching partner.

Milton Newberry, III Brent Marable – Plant Licensing Manager, University of Georgia Brent Marable

Andrea Scarrow – Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, Moultrie, GA

Check out Andrea Scarrow's testimonial about the MAL program!

Andrea Scarrow Bill Worthington – Agribusiness Instructor, Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro, GA Bill Worthington
Katrina Sharp – Middle School Teacher, SunRidge Middle School, Winter Garden, FL Dana Lynch – Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forsyth, GA

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