Advanced training in technical agriculture and communication of agricultural innovations are essential elements in the modernization of agriculture. Research and development requires individuals who have been trained at the highest levels. Postgraduate programmes should, therefore, be geared at producing graduates who can plan and conduct research, and communicate the findings to the users. The Master of Science in Agricultural Extension programme is intended to produce professionals who have been grounded in technical agriculture, research and the skills of communicating agricultural technologies to producers, agricultural educationists and rural development specialists. The role in modernization of agriculture is, therefore, critical.
The Master of Science in Agricultural Extension programme consists of courses in pedagogy in agriculture, communication technology, curriculum development and educational measurement and evaluation. In addition, the students take courses in research and technical agriculture. The graduates from the programme are, therefore, prepared to assume responsibilities in training, extension, rural development and research.
The graduates of the programme should be able to:
i) Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate agricultural extension programmes
ii) Plan, implement and evaluate training programmes in agriculture
iii) Plan and conduct research in agricultural extension
iv) Manage agricultural organizations
v) Pursue advanced studies in agriculture, agricultural education and agricultural extension
The common Egerton University rules and regulations for admission into Master‟s degree programme shall apply. Applicants for Master of Science degree programme in Agricultural Extension shall be required to have a bachelor‟s degree in Agricultural Education and Extension or its equivalent.
Course Structure and Duration
Master of Science in Agricultural Extension shall extend for a period of not less than 18 months and not more than 36 months.
Master of Science in Agricultural Extension shall extend for a period of not less than 18 months and not more than 48 months.
MSc By Coursework, Examination and Thesis
During the period of study each candidate shall be expected to undertake coursework, examination, research and write a thesis. The coursework and thesis shall constitute 30 and 15 credit factors (CFs) respectively.Students admitted for the degree of MSc shall be required to take compulsory courses totaling 11 CFs. Each student, in consultation with his/her academic advisor, will select at least 12 CFs of courses from electives “A” and at least 6 CFs from electives “B”.
MSc by Coursework, Examination and Project Report
During the period of study, each candidate shall be expected to undertake coursework, examination, research and write a project. The coursework and project shall constitute 39 and 6 credit factors respectively. Each student pursuing this option shall be required to take compulsory courses totaling 11CFs and in consultation with his/her supervisor, will select at least 15 CFs from electives “A” and at least 12 CFs from electives “B”.
MSc by Coursework and Examination
Provision will be made for those candidates who may opt to pursue the MSc programme through coursework. These candidates will be expected to complete 45 CFs of coursework on the degree programme. Each candidate shall be expected to take compulsory courses totaling 11 CFs and in consultation with his/her supervisor will select at least 18 CFs from electives “A” and at least 12 CFs.
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXVIII
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute XXVIII
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
The Master of Science degree programme in Agricultural Extension degree is not classified in accordance with Egerton University Statute No.36 (7).