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: online)

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

  • EDUC/PSY 6570* - Introduction to Education and Psychological Research (F, S, Su: online or face-to-face) OR TEE 6750* - Research Methods (Su even: 4 week course, face-to-face) OR STAT 5200* - Experimental Design (Sp, face-to-face)
  • ASTE 6120 - Data Analysis (Sp odd: online; Prerequisite: EDUC 6570, TEE 6750, or STAT 5200)
  • ASTE 6170 - Program Evaluation (Su odd**: online; Prerequisite: PSY 3010, ASTE 6100, ASTE 6140, TEE 6750, or STAT 5200)

* Prerequisite: STAT 2000, STAT 3000, or PSY 3010

Thesis- Required (6 credits)

  • ASTE 6970 - Research and Thesis (F, Sp, Su: online/face-to-face)

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: online)
  • 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 6900 - Graduate Independent Study (F, Sp, Su, 1-4 credits: online, a Graduate Independent Form must be submitted and approved)
  • ASTE 7500 - Diffusion of Innovations (Sp even: online)

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

  • ASTE/TEE 6090 - Program Design (Sp odd: online)
  • ASTE 6300 - Advanced Teaching Strategies (Su even**: online)
  • ASTE 6320 - Classroom Management (F even)
  • ASTE 6380 - Mentoring and Supervision (F odd: online)
  • ASTE 6450 - Advanced FFA and SAE Management (Su odd); Advanced Agricultural Teaching Strategies (Su even)
  • ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study (F, Sp, Su, 1-4 credits: online, a Graduate Independent Form must be submitted and approved)

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: online)
  • ASTE 6220 - Volunteer Programs and Partnerships (Su even**: online)
  • ASTE 6260 - Environmental Impacts of Ag Systems (F: face-to-face)
  • ASTE 6900 - Graduate Independent Study (F, Sp, Su, 1-4 credits: online, a Graduate Independent Form must be submitted and approved)
  • 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 6300 - Advanced Teaching Strategies (Su even**: online)
  • ASTE 6320 - Classroom Management (F even: online)
  • ASTE/TEE 6090 – Program Design (Sp odd: online)
  • ASTE 6380 - Mentoring and Supervision (F odd: online)
  • ASTE 6900** - Graduate Independent Study (F, Sp, Su, 1-4 credits: online, a Graduate Independent Form must be submitted and approved)

** These summer courses are taught in the first 7-week summer session, be sure to check the USU calendar for beginning and end dates.


Establishing a Supervisory Committee
Graduate students must establish a Supervisory Committee during the second semester of their program. Students may choose their major professor (chair) and other committee members (minimum of two) from the AST graduate faculty. To begin, contact the professor you would like to serve as chair of your committee. If she/he are willing to serve, then together discuss other faculty members who should be asked to serve on the Supervisory Committee. It is the student's responsibility to contact the proposed committee members to make certain they are willing to serve prior to completing the Supervisory Committee Approval Form. The form will require each members signature (collected by the School of Graduate Studies electronically). After your committee has been approved, please meet with your chair to complete the Graduate Student & Advisor Expectations form.

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.

Program Timeline & Expectations
Student may enter the program at the beginning of any semester. The School of Graduate Studies has compiled a checklist with links to forms that will guide you though your graduate program. The AST MS is a Plan A Degree. Additional questions concerning transfer credits, continuous registration fees, time limits, leave of absence, etc., may be answered under the Graduate General Regulations or under Graduate Degree Requirements in the General Catalog.