Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Sciences, Education, Extension and Communication

The graduate certificate will provide an opportunity for students to gain knowledge and experience in education and communication in the context of agriculture, as an enhancement to their existing graduate programs in a technical area. The certificate consists of 9 credits; 3 credits of introduction to the disciplines of communication, formal education, and non-formal engagement/extension, 3 credits with an education/engagement focus, and 3 credits with a communication focus.

Admission requirements for this certificate

  • This is a post-baccalaureate certificate for students who are currently admitted to a degree program at Purdue University and are not in the department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication.

When is each course is offered ?

  • ASEC 52000 - Foundations of Agricultural Education and Communication (Spring and Fall)
  • ASEC 54000 - Program Development in Agricultural and Extension Education or
  • ASEC 54500 - Teaching STEM through AFNR (Spring) 
  • ASEC 55100 - International Engagement and Development Strategies (Spring and Fall)
  • ASEC 56500 - Principles of Adult Education (Spring)
  • ASEC 53100 - Global Learning for AFNR (Spring)
  • ASEC 58500 - Science Communication (Spring)

Graduate Degrees (Ph.D., M.S., M.S. non-thesis)

Applicants applying for fall admission must submit an application by November 15. Funding is not a guarantee and is a separate decision from all admission decisions. Only completed applications will be reviewed. The ASEC Graduate Committee, which consists of four faculty members, will review completed applications. The review process typically takes 6-8 weeks. Complete applications include:

  1. Online Graduate Application Form
  2. Supplemental Questions
  3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume should be uploaded into your application
  4. Statement of Purpose
    • Express your career goal
    • Reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication
    • Research interests and why you wish to pursue this line of inquiry (you may want to review the research projects and interest of faculty on the department's website)
    • Share additional information regarding your application (this question is optional and may include extenuating circumstances that have impacted previous academic and professional performance)
  5. Letters of Reference: Online submission through the electronic application is strongly preferred. Letters should be from references who can comment on academic/research achievements and abilities. Reference letters can also be sent directly to our department and must on be official letterhead.
  6. Official Transcripts: Purdue requires transcripts from all institutions of higher learning that you have attended. Transcripts may be submitted in one of two ways:
    • Purdue is accepting electronic transcripts that are sent directly from accredited U.S. colleges or universities. Applicants wanting to use this method of electronic transcript submission must have them end directly to the Graduate Admissions Manager at
  7. Unofficial Transcripts: Copies of original transcripts can be uploaded into your application for review purposes only. Before admission can be granted, one official transcript from all institutions of higher learning must be submitted.
    • Two official paper transcripts (and official English translations, when applicable) from each college or university attended should be mailed by a registrar to the department at:
      Purdue University
      Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication
      Attn: Jenny Franklin Lilly Hall of Life Sciences, Room 3-230
      915 W. State Street
      West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053 USA
  8. GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores should be sent to us by ETS, using school code 1631.
    The Committee will holistically review applications based upon your academic preparation, research experience, work experience, letters of recommendation, GRE scores and a strong statement of purpose that shows a fit to our program. All areas will be weighted equally when applications are reviewed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us
If you have any questions about the ASEC Graduate Program. You may also contact Jenny Franklin, the Graduate Program Coordinator at 765-494-8439
Dr. Linda Pfeiffer
currently serves as the ASEC Graduate Chair. She would be glad to assist you,