New Online Master of Agriculture Program Coming in Fall 2015

John Holder —  June 25, 2015 — Leave a comment

The Department of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering Technology at SHSU will be bringing a whole new kind of online degree program – the Master of Agriculture in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Environment (SAFE) – to SHSU this fall.*

Unlike many other master’s degree programs which are generally intended for students pursuing academic or specialist careers, this unique, non-thesis 36-hour distance education program is designed to prepare working professionals for studies in agrSAFE_icon_greenwords_verticaliculture that focus on sustainable practices.

The program’s curriculum will explore a variety of modern agricultural pursuits framed by sustainable practices, including non-traditional and viable enterprises in agriculture, alternative value-added products, modern farming techniques, food safety, and small business marketing. This makes it an ideal choice for small landowners, urban farmers, value-added and cottage food makers, educators, government agents, or anyone interested in local food production.

Dr. Stanley Kelley, chair of the Department of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering Technology, says: “We know our students have unique needs and interests in the field of agriculture. That is why we are excited to offer a fully online degree program that is relevant to modern agriculture with sustainable practices,” and adds, “SHSU is a leader in online education that has received national recognition. Our faculty are ready to engage you no matter where you live.”

The department will also offer a new Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture.* This 12-credit hour online program will build student’s competencies in the most current aspects of the agricultural industry, including agricultural advocacy, alternative agricultural enterprises, entrepreneurial activities, agritourism, conservation, and innovative marketing strategies.

For more information on enrollment, contact Dr. Kelley at 936-294-1189 or

*New programs for Fall 2015 pending approval from The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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