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


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 or by calling 580-387-7403.  The OSU contact is Bill Weeks at 405-744-5129 or


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