Programs of Study
M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics
In this program you can focus on agribusiness, marketing, management, finance, agricultural policy, trade, consumer demand, or economic development. You will learn how to address the marketing of food and fiber in an uncertain economy, financing capital investments, economic impacts of agricultural policy, and how to stimulate rural economic development. You can also select an emphasis in applied economics concentrating on methods for analyzing current problems and issues. The preparation of a thesis prepares you to address today's serious economic challenges.
Masters of Agribusiness (MAB)
In this professional degree you will focus on the food and agribusiness sector with emphasis on integrating economic, quantitative, and business analysis methods for decision making. Case-based instruction and research are emphasized with a capstone course in strategic management and financial analysis. Our agribusiness internship program will enhance your skills and broaden your business knowledge. You will learn how to address issues in personnel management, investments, firm acquisitions, food and fiber international marketing, and commodity trading. This professional, non-thesis degree will allow you to explore a wide variety of courses and, through your internship, make industry contacts leading to exciting career opportunities.
M.S. in Environmental Economics
In this program you will explore and understand how economic relationships interact with private and public institutions in the use and management of our natural resources and environment. You will learn how to address issues involving renewable resources including food, forests, water, solar radiation, and wind, and resources in fixed supply including fossil fuels and land. These issues include resource conservation and sustainability, private and public land use planning and management, air and water pollution control, energy production and consumption, and maintaining ecosystems. Preparing a thesis in one of these areas will provide you with the ability and confidence to address complex environmental concerns.
Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics
As a foundation for this program, you will learn economic theory from the department of economics together with applied economic skills taught within our department. You will learn economic theory related to strategic agent interactions, risky decision making, market power, missing markets, public goods, and welfare. Your economic foundation will be supported with quantitative methods covering econometrics, dynamic optimization, stochastic efficiency, and time series analysis. You will have the option of selecting either applied or environmental economics as a field of study. Applied economics will emphasize issues in consumer and production economics along with market structure. This will include organic markets, financial management, and investment under uncertainty. Environmental economics will address issues of sustainability, energy, nonmarket valuation, and global climate change.