Master of Agriculture in Agricultural Extension
Prof Funso Kutu
The Master of Agriculture in Agricultural extension programme aims to educate and train researchers at an advanced level who can contribute to the development of new knowledge in agricultural extension. This is critical to achieving not only the various milestones defined in South Africa’s 2030 National Development Plan (NDP) with specific reference to increasing employment opportunity, access to quality education and the development of highly skill technicians and professionals. Hence, the UMP’s goal for this Master’s programme is to train and assist students to develop specific outcomes that are defined as in the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework for the Master of Agriculture in Agricultural Extension students. Such outcomes include critical reflection on theory and its application, ability to deal creatively and systematically on complex issues in agricultural extension, make sound judgements based on informed data, plan and implement projects/task at professional levels, and communicate clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences. As part of support for students registered on the programme, the University offers research development workshops for project proposal development, qualitative and quantitative statistics and academic writing.
The minimum admission requirements for this Master degree programme is a relevant Bachelor Honours Degree or a Postgraduate Diploma with an average overall pass of at least 60%. A cognate Bachelor’s Degree at Level 8 may also be recognized as meeting the minimum entry requirements to a cognate Master’s programme. At the University of Mpumalanga, students will gain access to the Masters via the three year Bachelor of Agriculture in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management, followed by the Honours degree.
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