Program Courses

Agricultural Systems Technology Master of Science Degree Program Courses

30 Credits Required
Courses are available on campus as well as through interactive broadcast to USU Regional Campuses and Centers throughout Utah. Some courses may be delivered completely online. Most students in the program take two classes (6 credits) per semester. Students who follow this will be able complete the program in roughly 2 years (6 semesters).


Foundation Core Required Courses (6 credits, each course is 3 credits)

  • ASTE 6160 - Foundations of Adult Education (F even: taught online)
  • FCSE 6180 - Administration and Program Planning (F odd: broadcast to USU centers)

Research Core Required Courses (6 credits, each course is 3 credits)

  • ASTE 6100/TEE 6750 - Research Methods (ASTE 6100 F odd, TEE 6750 Su even: both face-to-face; Prerequisite: STAT 2000, STAT 3000, SOC 3120, or PSY 3010)
  • STAT 5200 - Experimental Design (Sp; Prerequisite: STAT 2000, or STAT 3000) 
  • ASTE 6120 - Data Analysis (Sp 2017: face-to-face; Prerequisite: ASTE 6100, TEE 6750, or STAT 5200)
  • ASTE 6170 - Program Evaluation (Su odd: online; Prerequisite: PSY 3010, ASTE 6100, ASTE 6140, TEE 6750, or STAT 5200)

Thesis- Required (6 credits)

  • ASTE 6970 - Research and Thesis (F, Sp, Su: online/face-to-face; Complete a research thesis that will be presented to your department and defended to your committee.)

Specializations: Take the above core required courses and the Extension or Education options noted below.

Agricultural Extension Education (12 credits, each course is 3 credits):

  • ASTE 6200 - Principles and Practices of Extension Education (Sp odd: broadcast to USU centers)
  • ASTE 6220 - Volunteer Programs and Partnerships (Su even: online)
  • ASTE 6260 - Environmental Impacts of Ag Systems (F: face-to-face)
  • FCSE 6950 - Graduate Internship (required) (F, Sp, Su: online/face-to-face)
  • ASTE 7500 - Diffusion of Innovations (Sp even: online)

Agricultural Education (12 credits, each course is 3 credits):

  • ASTE/FCSE 6300 - Advanced Teaching Strategies (Su even: online)
  • ASTE/FCSE 6320 - Classroom Management (F even)
  • ASTE/TEE 6090 - Program Design (Sp odd: online)
  • ASTE/TEE 6090 - Mentoring and Supervision (F odd: online)

Family Consumer Sciences and Education and Extension (12 credits, each course is 3 credits unless noted otherwise):

     Extension Track (a minimum of 3 of the following courses recommended)

  • ASTE 6200 - Principles and Practices of Extension Education (Sp odd: broadcast/face-to-face)
  • ASTE 6220 - Volunteer Programs and Partnerships (Su even: online)
  • ASTE 6260 - Environmental Impacts of Ag Systems (F: face-to-face)
  • FCSE 6950 - Graduate Internship (required) (1-6 credits F, Sp, Su: online)
  • ASTE 7500 - Diffusion of Innovations (Sp even: online)

     Education Track (a minimum of 3 of the following courses recommended)

  • ASTE/FCSE 6300 - Advanced Teaching Strategies (Su even: online)
  • ASTE/FCSE 6320 - Classroom Management (F even: online)
  • ASTE/TEE 6090 – Program Design (Sp odd: online)
  • ASTE/FCSE 6380 - Mentoring and Supervision (F odd: online)


Program of Study

The Program of Study (PoS) constitutes a contract between the student, the committee, and the School of Graduate Studies regarding what courses a student will take for completion of his or her degree program requirements. Complete instructions can be found the School of Graduate Studies website. The Program of Study form is completed in DegreeWorks (a link on your myUSU page) and must be completed and submitted to the GPC (LaZell Allen), per the instructions prior to the end of the second semester.


Graduate Student General Information
Students enrolled in the ASTE M.S. program should familiarize themselves with the Graduate General Regulations (course level approvals, grade/credit acceptability, continuous registration fees, leave of absence, etc.)