Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should you consider the online Master of Science in Agricultural Education from CSU, Chico?
Who should apply for this degree program?
How do I apply?
When to apply?
What will the program cost?
How do I pay for classes?
How long does the degree take to complete?
How do I decide what classes to take?
Can I qualify for financial aid?
Will I have an advisor?
What culminating activity is required for the degree?
When can I take classes?
How many classes can I take each semester?
Do I need to take classes every semester?
What if I need to drop a course?
The online Master of Science in Agricultural Education from CSU, Chico offers a unique approach to a graduate degree. The degree option allows students to complete a Master of Science degree by distance education, offering professional educators the opportunity to be employed full time while completing the degree and prevent excess travel. Additionally, the degree offers students the opportunity to receive a degree from CSU, Chico, but also access experts in agricultural education from across the nation through the AG*IDEA consortium.
The master’s degree in Agricultural Education is open to anyone who has completed a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education, agriculture, or an agricultural related field. However, the program is targeted to meet the needs of secondary agricultural education teachers who wish to complete a master’s degree beyond the credential process. The master’s in Agricultural Education does not provide or substitute for the teaching credential process.
Application times will occur during the spring semester, and students will begin courses in the fall semester. Check important dates and deadlines for more information.
Course fees are established by the AG*IDEA consortium and are currently set at $500 per semester unit.
Payment for course work is made through the Office of Regional and Continuing Education at CSU, Chico. There are three ways to pay.
- Call 530-898-6105 to pay with Visa or Mastercard
- Send a Check to:
Center for Regional & Continuing Education
400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929-0250
- Pay in person at our Chico State office. Cash payments are also accepted when paying in person.
The time may vary depending on units transferred towards the degree requirements and the number of courses in which students enroll each semester. Most graduate students can complete an online program in two years.
The course requirements for the CSU, Chico master's degree are outlined under Program Requirements. Graduate students may transfer up to 9 units into the degree program. Units must be evaluated and approved by the COA’s graduate coordinator before being applied to the program.
Most graduate students are eligible to receive student loans, although scholarship opportunities are rare. Student loans may be obtained through completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available through the Financial Aid office.
Graduate students must enroll in a minimum of 4 semester units each semester in which they receive financial aid if they apply for student aid through FAFSA.
Additionally, some private banks offer student loans for graduate students.
An opportunity for a grant may also exist through the new Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program. This program is available for selected postbaccalaureate and master’s programs and plans in education. It is NOT available to undergraduates. The TEACH Grant is actually a grant/loan combination that requires a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS), as the grant will convert to unsubsidized loan in the future if contracted teaching obligations are not met. If this happens, interest accrual will be effective as of the date of the first TEACH disbursement.
The TEACH grant is not included in financial aid offers but can be offered retroactively to eligible students during the award year. Specific eligible education programs have been determined in conjunction with the College of Communication and Education.
Eligibility for the TEACH Grant will be determined by CSU, Chico, using criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information go to Federal Student Aid Frequently Asked Questions or Teach Grant.
The COA’s MS program coordinator will serve as the advisor. Together, the graduate student and advisor will establish a degree plan that will outline courses and the culminating experience.
There are three options for completing the culminating activity required for the master’s degree in Agricultural Education:
Thesis option: Students may select to complete a master’s thesis with the agreement of the student’s graduate advisory committee. This option requires the application of research in a traditional thesis proposal. Students must follow the requirements outlined for the Thesis Plan in the Agricultural Education Graduate Handbook.
Cumulative Exam: A formal examination comprised of content across the student’s course of study shall be prepared by the graduate advisory committee. The graduate advisory committee will consist of the Master’s Degree Program Director and two other graduate faculty members suggested by the graduate student. With permission of the MS program director, faculty members from AG*IDEA consortium universities may be used as members of the graduate committee. The exam will include a six-hour written comprehensive examination and a one-hour oral review of the written exams.
Culminating Project: The culminating project should reflect applied research to address a problem or specific need experienced by the graduate student. For example, a project may include a proposal for a new high school course, including the appropriate research necessary to document the need for the proposed class. The comprehensive project will be reviewed and shall be graded as credit/no credit.
Courses will be offered through CSU, Chico and the AG*IDEA Consortium each semester. Typically, graduate students apply in the spring semester and begin taking classes in the summer.
Graduate students are required to enroll and complete at least one class each semester. However, students should consider student loan requirements, which typically require enrollment in 6 units (2 courses) each semester.
Most students will benefit from continual enrollment, but a minimum fee will be assessed to maintain enrollment for each un-enrolled semester. Additionally, students using student loans are required to be enrolled in 4 semester units to qualify for financial assistance.add/drop form (submission information included) or view additional information.