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:
- 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.
- A minimum of 12 credits in courses in agricultural, food and resource economics, with at least 9 credits at the 800-900 level.
- A minimum of 3 credits in courses in microeconomic theory, selected from AFRE 805, EC 812A or equivalent.
- 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:
- Six credits of master's thesis research.
Additional Requirements for Plan B:
- A research paper or papers representing not fewer than 3 credits.
- Six credits in courses in a minor field, either within or outside the department.