Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology (M.S.)

Master of Science. Major in Applied Economics.

The M.S. program in applied economics is designed to prepare students for management, research, and policy positions in the public and private sectors of the economy, and for further graduate study.

The M.S. thesis option is offered as a 32 credit stand-alone degree or as a 32 credit thesis degree with optional emphasis area(s). The minimum of 32 required credits can be satisfied by taking a combination of 500 and 400 level courses, with at least 18 credits at 500 level, plus no more than 3 credits of 300 level courses in supporting areas.

An emphasis may be selected in any of the following three areas: Agricultural Economics; Natural Resources; Agribusiness.Both thesis options include six letter graded thesis credits (AGEC 500) and 26 credits of course work including the following:

AGEC 506Faculty Seminar Series0
AGEC 525Master's Econometrics3
AGEC 526Master's Microeconomics Analysis3
AGEC 527Mathematics for Economists3
AGEC 529Research Methods (Max 2 credits)1-2
AGEC Electives15
Total Hours25-26

A student has the option to not pursue an emphasis in which case the student must complete as part of the 15 credits of AGEC electives, 9 credits chosen from the following courses:

AGEC 532Natural Resource Economics and Policy3
AGEC 533International Trade and Policy3
AGEC 534Production Economics3
AGEC 535Applied Industrial Organization3
AGEC 586Regional Economic Development Theory3
AGEC 587Regional Economic Development Methods3
Total Hours18

If an emphasis area is chosen, two courses must be selected from those specifically listed in that emphasis area, which will be used as part of the 15 credits of AGEC electives. Emphasis areas are:

Agribusiness

AGEC 535Applied Industrial Organization3
AGEC 533International Trade and Policy3
AGEC 534Production Economics3
Total Hours9

Agricultural Economics

AGEC 534Production Economics3
AGEC 535Applied Industrial Organization3
Total Hours6

Natural Resources

AGEC 532Natural Resource Economics and Policy3
Select one additional course:3
Total Hours6

More than one emphasis area may be completed as long as each emphasis area requirement is met. However only the declared emphasis area will appear on the student’s transcript.

Students may take a non-thesis option M.S. degree. Under this option a student will take a minimum of 32 credits of course work including the 26 credits of departmental course requirements, which are the same as the stand-alone thesis option. For the non-thesis option, a three-credit paper will be written and presented by the student addressing a topic determined jointly by the student and the student's graduate committee. This option is only available for students not receiving financial support from research funds.