Bachelor Programs

                              Program Objectives

                                         General Objectives;

The general objective of the B.Sc. degree program in Rural Development and Agricultural Extension is to produce competent, skilled, and committed agricultural economics professionals capable of bringing change in the agricultural economy.

              Specific Objectives;

The specific objectives of this academic program are to,

  • Produce knowledgeable graduates in the field of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension who can assist efficient and sustainable use of the societies‟ scarce resources;
  • Produce committed, motivated, socially accountable and qualified Rural Development and Agricultural Extension expert who undertake problem-solving socio-economic researches in the field;
  • Produce graduates who will engage in community services, and

Provide consultancy and advisory services to governmental and/or non-governmental organizations

               Graduate Profiles

The intended graduate of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension is generally capable to develop extension information on farm production methods and technologies. He/she can analyses and evaluate linkages of production with processing, distribution and final consumer demand. The graduate is also an expert in understanding and interpreting the linkages between: agriculture and the environment; adoption of technology   and decision-maker; and prepare dynamic careers in, natural resources, and the environment & extension interaction. The curriculum has been designed in a way that combines rural development and agricultural fundamentals with insights into the dynamic social, technological and environmental forces that shape production and marketing decisions.

After successful completion of the training, the graduates are expected to gain knowledge skills and attitude that enable them to:

  • Participate in design, implementation and evaluation of agricultural development projects;
  • Apply effective and efficient resource utilization theories and practices for sustainable agricultural development;
  • Involve in feasibility studies and advise investors, financial institutions, agriculture and allied sectors;
  • Assist researchers and policy makers in agricultural production and productivity; marketing and sustainable use of natural resource and environment;
  • Establish and operate their own business;
  • Train and advise small scale farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs;
  • Serve as planners in agricultural offices;
  • Manage small scale farms and agricultural enterprises;
  • Work as Extension team member/leader, Market expert and Loan officer; and
  • Assist teaching at Higher Learning, technical and vocational training institutions.

The training is a four-year program. It offers theoretical knowledge and practical skills to qualify the students for the intended professional profile. Students are required to take a total of 152 credit hours or 251 ECTS

              Admission Requirements

Students admitted directly from secondary school are required to meet the national higher education enrollment criteria of that year. After successfully completing first year common courses, students will join the program competitively based on their interest, grade point of the first year and performance in quantitative courses. Others like re-admission and advance standing shall be treated according to the academic rules and regulations of the Universities.

                 Graduation Requirements

Students who are directly admitted from secondary school are expected to take a total of 152 credit hours (56 courses). At the end of the program, the student is required to have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.00 with no “F” letter grade in any course.

                   Degree Nomenclature

Students who have successfully completed graduation can earn the following degree:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in English versionas ” Rural Development and Agricultural Extension”
  • in Amharic version as“የሳይንስ ባችለር ዲግሪ በገጠር ልማት እና ግብርና ኤክስቴንሽን”