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Murray State College/OSU partnership offers bachelor’s degree in agricultural leadership

4/11/2017

Murray State College has joined in partnership with Oklahoma State University around the Agricultural Leadership Degree Completion Program. The project is designed to improve four-year degree completion rates for place-bound students wanting bachelor of science degrees in agricultural leadership from OSU.

The innovative partnership has produced a bachelor’s degree completion program in Agricultural Leadership offered through Oklahoma State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and three two-year colleges in Oklahoma.

Students must complete 60 hours of coursework through their two-year school, be on track to earn their associates degree, and complete 60 hours of coursework through OSU. There will be a mix of online, satellite, short and blended courses offered to students enrolled in the program.

“The partnership between MSC and OSU is a spectacular opportunity for students in our service area.  Many students can’t, or don’t want to, move to Stillwater, but their goals include enrolling in a four-year degree program,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.

“This degree program is the perfect match for students who need to remain close by for a job, work on the family farm or have other obligations.  Students can earn 60 credits through Murray State and the remainder through OSU to complete a bachelor’s degree in agricultural leadership.  Students have been waiting for an opportunity like this, and I’m happy to report the time has arrived,” McDaniel said.

A $270,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Higher Education Challenge Grant funds the program, which embodies the land-grant mission of improving the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research and extension. The grant was awarded in 2016 and will continue through 2019.

Students interested in enrolling in the MSC/OSU Agricultural Leadership Degree Completion Program can contact MSC’s Brian Cothran at bcothran@mscok.edu or by calling 580-387-7403.  The OSU contact is Bill Weeks at 405-744-5129 or bill.weeks@okstate.edu.

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