ABAC graduates to benefit from collaboration with UT Martin

Graduates of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, now have a new path to receive their master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Dr. Mark Kistler, ABAC School of Agriculture and Natural Resources dean, said that a new agreement allows ABAC graduates who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in the ABAC School of Agriculture and Natural Resources and who meet admissions criteria will be accepted into UT Martin’s Master of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources online degree program.

We’re always looking for great opportunities for our graduates,” Kistler said. “I believe this a way that we can partner with another institution to benefit students who graduate from ABAC’s School of Agriculture and Natural Resources.”

For ABAC graduates who meet the admission requirements to the graduate degree program and enroll in UT Martin coursework, the UT Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences can accept up to six graduate credit hours of prior learning toward the required 36 credit hours for a Master of Science degree.

“This is a great collaboration that will ensure opportunities for students to continue their education either as full-time graduate students or part-time while they work in their professions,” said Dr. Joey Mehlhorn, UT Martin graduate studies dean.

“This is a great collaboration that will ensure opportunities for students to continue their education either as full-time graduate students or part-time while they work in their professions,” said Dr. Joey Mehlhorn, UT Martin graduate studies dean. “The opportunities are endless for students to grow professionally.”

Among other requirements for students to be a part of the Stallion-Skyhawk Accelerated Agreement, ABAC graduates must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and must submit two letters of reference from ABAC School of Agriculture and Natural Resources faculty members.

Dr. Todd Winters, professor and dean of the UT Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, likes the “pipeline” concept from Tifton to Tennessee.

“The end goal is to provide better career opportunities in the agriculture and natural resources sectors.”

“This agreement provides a pipeline from ABAC students to expand their credentials and for UT Martin to grow its graduate program,” Winters said. “The end goal is to provide better career opportunities in the agriculture and natural resources sectors.”

ABAC enrolls 3,815 students from 155 of Georgia’s 159 counties and from 52 of Florida’s 67 counties. Students also attend ABAC from 18 states and 19 countries. A total of 1,350 students lives on campus, and more than 1,400 students study in the ABAC School of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Information is available at www.utm.edu about the UT Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, UT Martin graduate programs and UT Martin Online.

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