Extension Education (AEED)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources


The Master of Extension Education features a multi-disciplinary program with core courses focused on principles of Extension in needs assessment, program development, evaluation, and social science research methodology as well as a suite of supportive elective courses in a variety of Extension specialty areas.  Graduates with Extension education experiences are prepared for dynamic careers in secondary and post-secondary education, non-profits, government, and leadership roles in enterprise.


Melissa Leiden Welsh, Ph.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor
2130 Plant Sciences Building
4291 Fieldhouse Dr.
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.6969

For general program inquiries: aeedgradadmissions@umd.edu 




  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • CV/Resume
  • Supplementary Application
  • Supplementary Application Two
  • Writing Samples (2 required): Please submit a sample of your professional writing. Note if it was published and where (some examples include: Extensions fact sheet, journal article, practitioner article, popular media/newspaper [educational focus], grower's newsletter, etc.).
  • Description of Research/Work Experience (optional):  This is an opportunity to further describe your previous research/work (in addition to items listed in your statement of purpose). 


Type of Applicant Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents August 2, 2024 January 9, 2024
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants March 5, 2024 September 26, 2023


Program Website: psla.umd.edu/graduate-programs
Application Process: https://gradschool.umd.edu/admissions

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Cochran Diana Associate B.S., Auburn University, 2005; M.S., Auburn University, 2007; Ph.D., Missippissi State University, 2012. Director, Plant Science
Assistant Clinical Professor, Plant Science
Associate Clinical Professor, Extension Education
Fiorellino Nicole Full Member B.S., Rutgers University, 2008; M.S., University of MD College Park, 2010; Ph.D., 2015. Assistant Professor, Plant Science
Assistant Professor, Extension Education
Hu Mengjun Full Member B.S., China Agricultural University, 2008; Ph.D., Huazhong Agricultural University, 2013. Assistant Professor, Plant Science
Assistant Professor, Extension Education
Jarboe Darren Full Member B.S., Iowa State University, 1985; M.S., Iowa State University, 1991; Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2012. Assistant Director, Extension Education
Principal Agent, Extension Education
Lea-Cox John D. Full Member B.S., University of Natal-Pietermaritzburg South Africa 1983; M.S., 1989; Ph.D., University of Florida, 1993. Professor, Extension Education
Macaulay Luke Associate B.S., University of Notre Dame, 2002; M.S., University of California-Berkeley, 2010; Ph.D., 2015. Agent, Extension Education
Phillips William Henry Associate B.S., University of Maryland, 1992; M.S., University of Maryland, 1996; Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2005 Assistant Clinical Professor, Plant Science
Assistant Clinical Professor, Extension Education
Vollmer Kurt Full Member B.S., Emory & Henry College, 2006; M.S., University of Florida, 2010; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 2014. Agent, Extension Education
Welsh Melissa Full Member B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1999; M.Ed., Pennsylvania State University, 2009; Ph.D., Purdue University-West Lafeyette, 2014. Director, Plant Science
Director, Extension Education
Assistant Clinical Professor, Plant Science
Assistant Clinical Professor, Extension Education