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The Dean’s Excellence Scholarships , the largest scholarship campaign in the history of the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences , has selected the first 30 student recipients. The students will receive $4,000 per year for four years to assist in funding their undergraduate education.
Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences welcomes record-breaking freshman class
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Daniel De León ’23, a doctoral student in the Department of Poultry Science, is a first-generation college student. He did not initially plan to attend college, but his mind changed once he was introduced to poultry judging, where he earned a scholarship to attend Texas A&M. Now, he has come full circle and wants to do his part to encourage future generations.
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A business plan is a road map for a business enterprise. It describes the key functions of the business-operations, finance, management, and marketing. It should support the mission statement, objectives, and goals set by the owners. A business plan is a useful guide to the future of the business and a tool for acquiring capital from banks or investors. Written for agricultural producers, this factsheet describes the purpose and components of a business plan. (4 Pages)
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The primary goal of QuickBooks education is to help farmers and ranchers improve their financial recording-keeping and analysis capabilities, thus allowing them to make better management decisions.
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This course is for anyone working with the general public and has been approved by the Texas State Association for Fire and Emergency Districts (SAFE-D) for 1 hour of continuing education credit. Participants will review the basics of ethics and receive guidance to base decisions upon when faced with ethical issues.
The New County Tax Assessor-Collector & Chief Deputy Orientation Course is approved by the Tax Assessor-Collectors Association of Texas for 2 hours of continuing education, and if successfully completed within 90 days of taking office, this course satisfies the requirement to complete constitutional and statutory training.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can be difficult to administer. Employee situations can vary greatly and FMLA laws change frequently. This course provides an overview of the FMLA, the roles and responsibilities of both employers and employees, military leave and FMLA enforcement. (TDLR #27539)
This course is designed to help supervisors and managers understand key components of personnel management. Topics examined include employer/employee communication, personnel policies, legal concerns, and best practices related to hiring, performance appraisals, disciplinary actions, and termination. (TDLR #25793)
West Texas A&M University adding degree programs for Hospitality, Tourism, Human Resources
C ANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — West Texas A&M University Paul and Virgin Engler College of Business will soon offer two new degree programs — a bachelor of science in hospitality and tourism management and a master of science in strategic human resources management — pending final approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
According to WT officials, the two-degree programs were approved following the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Feb. 8.
“We are excited to offer academic programs tailored to market demands, particularly in the Texas Panhandle, where hospitality and tourism degrees are crucial. Plus, our innovative Human Resources program will ensure our graduates are both well-prepared and competitive,” said Dr. Amjad Abdullat, dean of the Engler College of Business and Engler Professor of Computer Information Systems.
Officials noted that the degree will take advantage of the unique location of Canyon and Amarillo as hubs of hospitality and tourism due to their locations near Historic 66, Interstates 40 and 27 and Palo Duro Canyon.
“WT will take a holistic approach to teach the knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and navigating the economic, legal and technological realities of owning or managing an organization in these vital industries,” said Dr. Jonathan Shaffer, associate dean of undergraduate business programs and WT’s T. Boone Pickens Professor of Management.
The addition of a new graduate HR degree, officials noted, will align with the Society of Human Resource Management’s competency model for HR professionals and will focus on how managers and top management can partner together to build strategic goals.
“We partnered with SHRM to develop a program that’s ideal for students aspiring to work in mid- or high-level positions, also setting them up to take the highly coveted certified professional exam at the end of the program,” said Dr. Robert A. King, associate dean of graduate business programs and WT’s David Wilder Professor of Business.
According to officials with WT, classes are expected to begin in fall 2024 following the approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Officials also noted that WT’s hospitality and tourism degree will offer business topics including accounting, finance business and employment law, and IT management.
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Master of agriculture in agricultural development.
The Master of Agriculture (MAgr) in Agricultural Development is designed for students who want professional graduate training with a management orientation in agriculture, food and natural resources. It is intended to emphasize the problem-solving skills involved in the use of science and technology to benefit humanity, not as a research degree.
Students pursuing careers in fields such as instructional design, agricultural leadership or rural community development might seek this degree. The program prepares individuals for leadership roles in education and natural resource management fields, cooperative extension service, and many other professional careers in agriculture and life sciences. The courses in this non-thesis degree program emphasize the development of problem-solving skills involved in applying science and technology to benefit humanity.
The program may include the development of a professional paper to demonstrate problem-solving capabilities. Degree candidates may gain such capabilities by completing a professional internship that is designed to provide meaningful, applied, practical experiences, and which may vary in duration from three to nine months depending upon departmental requirements.
All students in this program must complete a residence requirement. More information about this residency requirement can be found on the Additional Requirements tab .
In addition to the program requirements required by the Graduate and Professional School, each student is recommended to complete four core courses as part of their degree program to gain content knowledge and skills.
- ALEC 610 Principles of Adult Education
- ALEC 615 Philosophy of Agricultural Education
- ALEC 640 Methods of Technological Change
- ALEC 695 Frontiers in Research
Information regarding our programs and the application process may be obtained from the ALEC website .
This program is approved for delivery via asynchronous distance education technology.
Steps to Fulfill a Masters Program
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Credit requirement, transfer of credit, limitations on the use of transfer, extension and certain other courses, final examination, student’s advisory committee.
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After receiving admission to graduate studies and enrolling for coursework, the student will consult with the head of his or her major or administrative department or chair of the intercollegiate faculty, if applicable, concerning appointment of the chair of his or her advisory committee. The student’s advisory committee for the master’s degree will consist of a minimum of two members of the graduate committee faculty from the student's major department. Additional committee members may be permitted but are not required.
The chair, in consultation with the student, will select the remainder of the advisory committee. The student will interview each prospective committee member to determine whether he or she is willing to serve. Only graduate faculty members located on Texas A&M University campuses may serve as chair of a student’s advisory committee. The chair of the committee, who usually has immediate supervision of the student’s degree program, has the responsibility for calling required meetings of the committee, and for calling meetings at any other time considered desirable.
If the chair of a student’s advisory committee voluntarily leaves the University and the student is near completion of the degree and wants the chair to continue to serve in this role, the student is responsible for securing a current member of the University Graduate Faculty, from the student’s academic program and located near the Texas A&M University campus site, to serve as the co-chair of the committee. The Department Head or Chair of Intercollegiate faculty may request in writing to the Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate and Professional School that a faculty member who is on an approved leave of absence or has voluntarily separated from the university, be allowed to continue to serve in the role of chair of a student’s advisory committee without a co-chair for up to one year. The students should be near completion of the degree. Extensions beyond the one year period can be granted with additional approval of the Dean.
If the chair of the student’s advisory committee is unavailable for an extended time in any academic period during which the student is involved in activities relating to an internship, professional paper and is registered for courses such as 684, 692 or 693, the student may request, in writing, that the department head appoint an alternate advisory committee chair during the interim period.
The duties of the committee include responsibility for the proposed degree plan, the professional paper and the final examination. In addition, the committee, as a group and as individual members, is responsible for counseling the student on academic matters, and, in the case of academic deficiency, initiating recommendations to the Graduate and Professional School.
The committee members’ approval on the degree plan indicate their willingness to accept the responsibility for guiding and directing the entire academic program of the student and for initiating all academic actions concerning the student. Although individual committee members may be replaced by petition for valid reasons, a committee cannot resign en masse .
The student’s advisory committee, in consultation with the student, will develop the proposed degree plan. The degree plan must be completed and filed with the Graduate and Professional School prior to the deadline imposed by the student’s college or interdisciplinary degree program, if applicable, and no later than 90 days prior to the date of the final oral examination or thesis defense .
This proposed degree plan should be submitted through the online Document Processing Submission System located on the website https://ogsdpss.tamu.edu .
Additional coursework may be added to the approved degree plan by petition if it is deemed necessary by the advisory committee or chair of intercollegiate faculty, if applicable, to correct deficiencies in the student’s academic preparation. No changes can be made to the degree plan once the student’s Request for Final Examination is approved by the Graduate and Professional School.
A minimum of 36 hours is required for the Master of Agriculture degree. Approximately 12 credit hours are to be taken outside of the student’s degree option.
A student who has earned 12 hours of graduate credit in residence at Texas A&M University may be authorized to transfer courses in excess of the limits prescribed above upon the advice of the advisory committee and with the approval of the Graduate and Professional School. Courses taken in residence at an accredited U.S. institution or approved international institution with a final grade of B or greater might be considered for transfer credit if, at the time the courses were completed, the courses would be accepted for credit toward a similar degree for a student in degree-seeking status at the host institution. Otherwise, the limitations stated in the preceding section apply. Coursework in which no formal grades are given or in which grades other than letter grades (A or B) are earned (for example, CR, P, S, U, H, etc.) is not accepted for transfer credit. Courses appearing on the degree plan with grades of D, F or U may not be absolved by transfer work. Credit for thesis research or the equivalent is not transferable. Credit for coursework submitted for transfer from any college or university must be shown in semester credit hours or equated to semester credit hours. An official transcript from the university at which the transfer coursework was taken must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
Courses used toward a degree at another institution may not be applied for graduate credit. If the course to be transferred was taken prior to the conferral of a degree at the transfer institution, a letter from the registrar at that institution stating that the course was not applied for credit toward the degree must be submitted to the Graduate and Professional School.
Grades for courses completed at other institutions are not included in computing the GPA.
Some departments may have more restrictive requirements for transfer work. If otherwise acceptable, certain courses may be used toward meeting credit-hour requirements for the master’s degree under the following limitations.
- Graduate and/or upper-level undergraduate courses taken in residence at an accredited U.S. institution, or approved international institution with a final grade of B or greater will be considered for transfer credit if, at the time the courses were completed, the student was in degree-seeking status at Texas A&M University, or the student was in degree-seeking status at the institution at which the courses were taken; and if the courses would be accepted for credit toward a similar degree for a student in degree-seeking status at the host institution.
- Courses previously used for another degree are not acceptable for degree plan credit.
- The maximum number of credit hours taken in post-baccalaureate non-degree (G6) classification at Texas A&M University which may be considered for application to the degree plan is 12.
- A zero credit 684 or 685 course is only allowed for non-thesis option master's students. A zero credit 681 course can be used for either thesis or non-thesis option master’s students. Other courses, including 691 (Research) hours, are not eligible for zero credit.
- A maximum of 8 hours of 684 (Professional Internship) and/or
- A maximum of 8 hours of 685 (Directed Studies), and
- Up to 3 hours of 690 (Theory of Research), and
- Up to 3 hours of 693 (Professional Studies).
- A maximum of 2 hours of Seminar (681).
- A maximum of 9 hours of advanced undergraduate courses (300- or 400-level).
- For graduate courses of three weeks’ duration or less, taken at other institutions, up to 1 hour of credit may be obtained for each five-day week of coursework. Each week of coursework must include at least 15 contact hours.
- No credit hours of 691 (Research) may be used.
- Continuing education courses may not be used for graduate credit.
- Extension courses are not acceptable for credit.
- For non-distance degree programs, no more than 50 percent of the credit hours required for the program may be completed through distance education courses.
- To receive a graduate degree from Texas A&M University, students must earn one-third or more of the credits through the institution’s own direct instruction. This limitation also applies to joint degree programs.
Exceptions will be permitted only in unusual cases and when petitioned by the student’s advisory committee and approved by the Graduate and Professional School.
The candidate must pass a final examination by dates announced each semester or summer term in the Graduate and Professional School Calendar. To be eligible to take the final examination, a student’s GPA must be at least 3.000 for courses on the degree plan and for all courses completed at Texas A&M which are eligible to be applied to a graduate degree, and no unabsolved grades of D, F or U can occur for any course listed on the degree plan. To absolve a deficient grade, the student must repeat the course at Texas A&M University and achieve a grade of C or better. All coursework on the degree plan must have been completed with the exception of those hours for which the student is registered.
A request to hold and announce the final examination must be submitted to the Graduate and Professional School a minimum of 10 working days in advance of the scheduled date for the examination The Graduate and Professional School must be notified in writing of any cancellations. A student may be given only one opportunity to repeat the final examination for the master’s degree and that must be within a time period that does not extend beyond the end of the next regular semester (summer terms are excluded). The final exam cannot be held prior to the mid point of the semester if questions on the exam are based on courses in which the student is currently enrolled.
A professional paper, which is a scholarly report of a problem solving nature, will be prepared by each student. The professional paper must be submitted to the student’s advisory committee for approval prior to the final examination. The final examination will cover all work taken on the degree plan and at the option of the committee may be written or oral or both. The examination is conducted by the student’s advisory committee as finally constituted. Persons other than members of the graduate faculty may, with mutual consent of the candidate and the major professor, attend final examinations for advanced degrees. Upon completion of the questioning of the candidate, all visitors must excuse themselves from the proceedings. A positive vote by all members of the graduate committee with at most one dissension is required to pass a student on his or her exam. A department or interdisciplinary degree program can have a stricter requirement provided there is consistency within all degree programs within a department or interdisciplinary program.
The Report of the Final Examination Form must be submitted with original signatures of only the committee members approved by the Graduate and Professional School. If an approved committee member substitution (1 only) has been made, his/her signature must also be submitted to the Graduate and Professional School. If necessary, multiple copies of the form may be submitted with different committee member original signatures. If an approved committee member substitution (1 only) has been made, his/her signature must be included on the form submitted to the Graduate and Professional School.
A candidate for the Master of Agriculture degree does not qualify to petition for an exemption from his/her final examination.
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On-Campus Degree Program
A student must complete 12 credit hours in resident study at Texas A&M University to satisfy the residence requirement for the Master of Agriculture degree.
Students who are employed full-time while completing their degree may fulfill total residence requirements by completion of less-than-full time course loads each semester. In order to be considered for this, the student is required to submit a Petition for Waivers and Exceptions along with verification of his/her employment to the Graduate and Professional School.
See Residence Requirements .
Distance Education Degree Program
The distance education modality does not have any residence requirement.
All degree requirements must be completed within a period of seven consecutive years for the degree to be granted. A course will be considered valid until seven years after the end of the semester in which it is taken. Graduate credit for coursework which is more than seven calendar years old at the time of the final examination (oral or written) may not be used to satisfy degree requirements.
No specific language requirement exists for the Master of Agriculture degree.
For information on applying for your degree, please visit the Graduation section.