The Department of Agricultural Economics offers a degree program leading to the Master of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in Agricultural Economics. This program stresses thorough mastery of advanced economic theory, methods of quantitative analysis, and the applications of these methods to the problems of agriculture. The broad program of economic research conducted by the department affords a wide selection of areas from which the student may choose a specific problem for research.
M.S. graduates are qualified to enter a wide variety of careers in both the public and private sectors. Recent graduates are employed by agribusiness firms, federal and state agencies, interest groups, and non-governmental organizations. M.S. graduates are also qualified to enter Ph.D. programs in Agricultural or Applied Economics.
M.S. students must successfully complete all 26 hours of required coursework in the program of study. In addition, students must complete at least 6 hours of thesis research credit. The thesis is completed under the supervision of the student's graduate committee. Completion of the degree requires students to present and defend their research work to the satisfaction of the Agricultural Economics faculty.
M.S. students must begin graduate coursework in the fall semester; thus, the student must submit application materials prior to July 1. However, graduate research assistantship decisions are usually made in March, and admission to the program must be obtained before an assistantship may be granted. Students are encouraged to apply no later than February.
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