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Grad School / Program:

  • Community, Agriculture, Recreation

  • Contact:
  • 131 Natural Resources Building
    Dept. of Community, Agriculture, Recreation
    Michigan State University (MSU)
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    United States
    Phone: 517-432-0275



  • Degrees Granted:
  • Masters, Doctorate

  • Programs offered:
  • On-campus
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  • Description:
  • Introduction

    The graduate program offers students a unique course of advanced study, allows flexibility in an interdisciplinary approach, and results in strong and marketable advanced degrees.

    Rationale
    Rapidly changing conditions to our natural environment and agricultural system leave citizens concerned and confused about a wide range of contentious issues that cannot be addressed from within the disciplinary boundaries recognized by the academy. Our graduate program addresses such issues in three ways.

    - First, the program is founded on a set of integrated research, teaching, and service activities that embody the ethos and skills of community engagement.
    - Second, the program brings together an interdisciplinary faculty clustered around issues rather than disciplines.
    - Third, the program attracts students with diverse educational backgrounds and experiences who recognize the need to acquire the understanding and skills that emphasize scholarship, practice, and participatory approaches in applied research, teaching, and outreach.

    Objectives
    - Create a scholarly community characterized by lifelong learning and transformational education.
    - Provide students with opportunities to engage in integrative, applied research that is grounded in contemporary scholarship as well as engagement with communities.
    - Support awareness of the student’s values and operating assumptions and the ways in which they affect the student’s scholarship and professional decision-making.

    To achieve these objectives, the graduate program in Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies provides students the opportunity to create individualized programs that draw from several complementary areas of scholarship. These areas include community, food and agriculture, natural resources and the environment, recreation and tourism, and communication and leadership. Courses are designed to help students become thoroughly grounded in integrative applied research based on multiple paradigms, disciplines, and methods. This multi-disciplinary approach is necessary to support a scholarly basis from which graduates may address the complex and uncertain challenges posed by changes and innovations in communities, natural resource and environmental systems, agricultural and food sectors.

  • Admission Information:
  • Admission for MS programs:
    Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or comparable degree requirements from a recognized educational institution. Relevant experience and strong academic backgrounds in the natural, physical, or social sciences are encouraged for applicants to the Master of Science program in Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies. All applicants for admission are required to submit scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination. All applicants from countries whose official language is something other than English are required to submit current TOEFL scores (or equivalent, as outlined on the Michigan State University Graduate School web site

    Applicants for the Master of Science program must specify their intent to pursue either the Plan A (research degree, with thesis) or Plan B (practitioner degree, without thesis) degree.

    Admission for Ph.D. Programs:
    To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies, an applicant must have completed a master’s degree from a recognized educational institution. Strong academic backgrounds in the natural, physical, or social sciences, combined with relevant experience, including independent research experience, are strongly encouraged. All applicants for admission are required to submit scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination. All applicants from countries whose official language is something other than English are required to submit current TOEFL scores or equivalent, as outlined on the Michigan State University Graduate School web site.

    See applications & admission process for a complete list of required application materials. All applicants must explain why they are interested in an interdisciplinary degree rather than a discipline-based degree. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty to explore possible common interests.

  • Grad Program Website:
  • https://www.carrs.msu.edu/Main/

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