Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.S. in Leadership Education
  • Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a specialization in Leadership Studies
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Leadership Studies (Ph.D.*)
  • Teaching and Extension Education (M.S.)

Leadership Education/Leadership Studies

  • On the Web
    Department Website
  • Department Chair
    Dr. Mark Balschweid
  • Graduate Admissions Chair
    Dr. Gina Matkin
  • Graduate Secretary
    Mrs. Jennifer Greenlee
  • Department Address
    300 Agricultural Hall
    Lincoln NE 68583-0709

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Leadership Education/Leadership Studies in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Answers to two open-ended questions provided by the department (Ph.D. and Ed.D. only)

Application Deadline

   Fall: February 1

Related Programs


The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication offers a Masters of Science degree in Leadership Education. This program provides further academic study and support to people in a variety of academic disciplines who are seeking to enhance their leadership or leadership development skills. The program provides content and experiential activities that support leadership studies, training and development, extension education, postsecondary teaching, and positions in business, government, or the private sector.

The interdepartmental doctoral program in Human Sciences with a specialization in Leadership Studies is designed for individuals interested in the scholarly study of leadership. A firm foundation in leadership theory and research provides support to those interested in leadership development and practice in a variety of academic and professional settings. It is ideal for current and future leaders in communities, government agencies, and private sector organizations. Additionally, this program is designed to prepare those interested in faculty positions focused on researching and/or teaching leadership.

The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication faculty and graduate students are internationally recognized for teaching, research, and outreach. We strive to develop close student-faculty relationships based on strong mentoring experiences, valuable internships, and in-depth seminars. We encourage these relationships by offering interactive online and face-to-face classes.

Courses and More

Students in Leadership Education/Leadership Studies are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

Teacher Development and Methodology; Curriculum Development; International Program Development
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4-H Youth Development
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Curriculum Development; Minority Education Issues
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Public Understanding of Science, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Continued Development of Agricultural Communications as an Academic Discipline
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Curriculum Development; Impacts of International Programs; Competencies of Community-Based Educators; International Nonformal Education
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Exploring Careers and Relationships within Extension; 4-H Curriculum and Technology
Gender and Leadership; Community Leadership; Leadership Development Programs; Acceptance and Awareness of Biotechnology
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Strengths-based Leadership, Leadership Mentoring, Youth Engagement in Community Development, Generative Leadership and Social Responsibility
Pedagogy of Teaching and Learning, Learning theories and Learning Styles, Laboratory Management and Instruction, Distance Learning and Distance Education
Tourism Marketing and Development; Information Technology in Tourism
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Character Development for Youth; Assets Youth Need to Succeed
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Cultural Competence and Leadership, Gender and Leadership, Developmental Models of Teaching/Leadership, Globally and Environmentally Responsible Leaders
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Distance Education; Program Evaluation; Impact Assessment
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Public Perceptions of Agriculture, Popular Culture, Survey Methodology
Community Volunteerism and Service Learning, The Role of Technology in Community Leadership and Development, Ethics in Agriculture and Natural Resources
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