Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Graduate Study

The Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in agricultural, food and resource economics. The courses and programs are designed to help students become thoroughly grounded in the concepts and tools of economic analysis and management, and in using them to solve applied problems in areas such as development economics, environmental and resource economics, agricultural and food economics, and food and agribusiness management.

The department participates in several graduate level specializations.

Students who are enrolled in Master of Science degree programs in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics may elect a Specialization in Food Safety. For additional information, refer to the statement on the specialization in the College of Veterinary Medicine section of this catalog.

Graduate students who are enrolled in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics may also elect specializations in resource economics (M.S. and Ph.D.) and agribusiness (M.S.). For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specializations in Resource Economics, and on the Master’s Specialization in Agribusiness.
 


Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics - Master of Science

Admission

Many undergraduate programs provide background for graduate study in agricultural, food and resource economics. However, a student with inadequate background in areas deemed important to the program of study may be required to complete collateral courses in addition to the minimum credit requirements for the degree and may be admitted on a provisional status until some deficiencies are remedied. All applicants for admission to graduate degree programs in agricultural, food and resource economics are required to submit scores for the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination.

Master of Science

The master's programs in agricultural, food and resource economics may be designed to serve either as final preparation for professional employment or as the foundation for a doctoral program.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics

The student may elect either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis research paper).  The student's plan of study should be approved by the department prior to the beginning of the second semester of enrollment in the program.

A total of 30 credits is required for the degree under Plan A, and a total of 33 credits is required for the degree under Plan B.

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B:

  1. A grade-point average of at least 3.0 for all courses counting toward the master's degree , and in each course used to satisfy the mathematics, statistics, and quantitative methods requirements.
  2. A minimum of 12 credits in courses in agricultural, food and resource economics, with at least 9 credits at the 800-900 level.
  3. A minimum of 3 credits in courses in microeconomic theory, selected from AFRE 805, EC 812A or equivalent.
  4. A minimum of 9 credits in courses in quantitative analysis, including 3 credits of mathematics for economists (equivalent to AFRE 801 or EC 811A), 3 credits of statistics (AFRE 802, EC 820A or equivalent) and one elective 3 credit quantitative methods course.

Additional Requirements for Plan A:

  1. Six credits of master's thesis research.

Additional Requirements for Plan B:

  1. A research paper or papers representing not fewer than 3 credits.
  2. Six credits in courses in a minor field, either within or outside the department.


Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics - Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics

The student must:

1. Complete all of the following courses (20 credits):
AFRE 900A Applied Microeconomics I 3
AFRE 900B Applied Microeconomics II 3
EC 811A Mathematical Applications in Economics 2
EC 812A Microeconomics I 3
EC 812B Microeconomics II 3
EC 820A Econometrics IA 3
EC 820B Econometrics IB 3
2. Complete 9 credits in one of four major fields in Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics: development economics, environmental and resource economics, food and agribusiness management, or food and agricultural markets.
3. Complete 6 credits in a second major field in Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics.
4. Complete 6 credits of electives in courses not used to fulfill requirements 1., 2., and 3.
5. Pass written comprehensive examinations in microeconomic theory and econometrics (requirement 1.) no later than the end of the second year and in the student’s chosen major field (requirement 2.) by the end of the third year.
6. Complete a minimum of 24 credits of doctoral dissertation research in AFRE 999.
7. Present and obtain formal approval for the proposed dissertation research by the end of the fourth academic year.
8. Present the results of the research at the outset of the final oral examination, and prepare a research paper suitable for submission to a professional journal.
9. A grade point average of 3.0 in the student’s approved course program is required before the student can be certified for graduation. Collateral courses are not included in this calculation.