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November 5-9th is National Distance Learning Week, sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Assocation (USDLA). The Department of Agronomy recognizes the importance and value distance education provides to students across the globe. Distance education in Agronomy dates back to the 1990s with the widespread availability of the internet. Today, two distance programs are offered in the Department of Agronomy.

Masters in Agronomy

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, development of the MS in Agronomy began in 1995 and the program enrolled its first students in 1998. The program offers tremendous value and accessibility to students who work full time while attaining an advanced degree. That value has been leveraged by students in 44 states and six countries around the globe.

Angie Begosh got her masters through the MS Agronomy online program and applied that real-life application of scientific knowledge to the process of getting her PhD.

Recently finishing her PhD in zoology from Oklahoma State University, Begosh is a research scientist for the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation focused on the influence of land use and the Conservation Reserve Program on native invertebrate pollinator communities in Southern High Plains wetlands and uplands.

Made possible by the flexibility of the online master’s program.

“If it had not been for the program providing me the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree without having to be physically on campus, I never would have considered it,” said Begosh.

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