Gain equine education skills for teaching, coaching, or leadership roles. Choose thesis or non-thesis tracks.
Horse Science, Equine Education Concentration, M.S.
The Equine Education concentration offers a skill set needed to teach and provide instruction at a postsecondary equine program or leadership within the Cooperative Extension Service.
Students in the Equine Education concentration have the option to conduct and complete a traditional, research-based thesis project or to select a non-thesis option.
There are many career options for graduates of this program, and they may include:
- Extension Service Agent
- Equine Program Instructor
Faculty members mentor students in curriculum development and provide training in scientific methods, principles of equine student education and instruction, and general industry practices.
All M.S. degree candidates share a common core of coursework in statistics, research methods, and multiple disciplines in horse science and animal science.
A significant number of elective credit hours are available, permitting each student to customize the program with courses in other departments.
A limited number of graduate teaching assistantships are available.
If you live in one of these states: WV; you may be able to attend MTSU at in-state rates under the Academic Common Market program.
A wide variety of careers are associated with the horse industry. A student’s talent may pertain directly to horses or to science, education, marketing, management, or business. Some potential career options with advanced degrees in Horse Science follow:
- Collegiate horsemanship instructor or equestrian team coach
- Community college or technical school instructor
- Equine behaviorist
- Equine exercise physiologist
- Equine facilities manager
- Equine nutritionist, equine feed specialist, or nutrition laboratory technician
- Equine reproductive physiologist
- Horse extension specialist or extension agent
- Instructor or program coordinator of therapeutic riding and equine-assisted therapies
- Journalist for major horse publications (breed or discipline-specific magazines)
- Pasture management specialist
- Pharmaceutical representative for equine products
- University instructor or teaching professor specializing in horses
- Collegiate coaches and instructors
- Youth coaches and instructors
- University and private labs
- Private business ownership
- Equine Affairs
- High School Agriculture teachers/FFA advisors
Employers of MTSU alumni
- American Quarter Horse Association
- American Paint Horse Association
- Mars Petcare
- Excel Equine
- Horse trainers
- 4-H or Adult Extension agents in numerous states
- Youth Equestrian Development Association
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