Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Graduate Degree Program
Candidates must fulfill the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. See the College of Graduate Studies section for the applicable general requirements.
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 emphasis areas which may be selected in any of the following three areas: Agricultural Economics; Natural Resources; Agribusiness. Both thesis options include six thesis credits (AgEc 500) and 26 credits of course work including the following: AgEc 506 (0 cr), AgEc 525 (3 cr), AgEc 526 (3 cr), AgEc 527 (3 cr), AgEc 529 (2 cr), and 15 credits of AgEc electives. 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, 6 credits chosen from the following courses: AgEc 532 (3 cr), AgEc 533(3 cr), AgEc 534 (3 cr), AgEc 535 (3 cr), AgEc 586 (3 cr) or AgEc 587 (3 cr). 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 535 (3 cr) & either AgEc 533 or AgEc 534 (3 cr); Agricultural Economics: AgEc 534 (3 cr) & AgEc 535 (3 cr); or Natural Resources: AgEc 532 (3 cr) and one additional course (3 cr). More than one emphasis area may be completed as long as each emphasis area requirement is met, note 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 available for students not receiving financial support from research funds.