Graduate Degrees

The Department offers a joint PhD in Applied Economics (with Forestry and Economics faculty), an MS in Agricultural Business and Economics, an MS in Rural Sociology, and a Master of Agriculture. For further information about graduate study see the Department’s Graduate Handbook , the Graduate Handbook Summary, and please visit the Graduate School’s website.

M.S. in Agricultural Economics

The program of study will be planned in a field of interest, such as agricultural marketing, production economics, markets and prices, environmental economics and more.

Curriculum and More

M.S. in Rural Sociology

The M.S. in rural sociology is a multi-disciplinary degree program, including faculty from agriculture as well as sociology, anthropology, social work and the liberal arts.

Program Details

PhD in Applied Economics

The PhD in Applied Economics involves faculty from the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Department of Economics, and School of Forestry.

Concentration Areas and More

Graduate Minor

The Graduate Minor in Agricultural Economics (GMAE) provides education and training in the application of economic principles to problems affecting rural households or communities.


The range of experience and research interests among faculty provides leads to a strong and diverse graduate experience. Specialty areas of faculty include production economics, price analysis, marketing, finance, quantitative methods, applied econometrics, natural resources, international trade, economic development, environmental studies, aquacultural economics, agribusiness, farm management, social and community organization, and community development. Additional areas of concentration, such as statistics, agricultural production science, economics, computer science, human sciences, and social sciences may be emphasized with graduate course work in other departments.

Applications are accepted year round. However, to be considered for financial assistance all application materials should be received by January 15 for those wishing to enter Fall semester of the same year.

Graduate Handbook

Faculty Research Interests 

Rural Sociology Graduate Student Awards



Patterson, James

Rural Sociological Society

Bailey, C.


Olive, Lindy

Rural Sociological Society

Worosz, M.R.


Richardson, Dalton

Rural Sociological Society

Ashwood, L.


Christensen, Stefanie

Auburn University Graduate School

Worosz, M.R.


Adu-Guamfi, Akua

Auburn University Graduate School

Worosz, M.R.


Denny, Riva

3rd Place, Graduate Student Oral Presentation

Tuskegee Chapter, Gamma Sigma Delta

Worosz, M.R.

Completed Graduate Theses

Please have a look at our recent graduate student theses that demonstrate a solid foundation in agricultural economics and rural sociology, particularly in the areas of theory, research methods, statistics, and human diversity.

Completed Grad Theses 

General Requirements

The following is a brief description of the general requirements for admission to graduate programs in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. For further information about admission, financial assistance, course requirements, and work expectations see the Department’s Graduate Handbook . To apply for admission, please visit the Graduate School’s website.

Admission to graduate programs in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology requires a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university. A GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last two years (60 semester hours) and a GRE of 900 verbal and quantitative are generally required. Applicants for graduate programs in the Department are expected to have completed a minimum amount of undergraduate course work in agricultural economics/economics, or rural sociology/sociology. Students applying for admission without sufficient undergraduate background may be required to complete undergraduate courses as prescribed by the Graduate Program Committee.

All applicants for admission must submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores that are not more than five years old. U.S. applicants for the Agricultural Economics Master of Science and the Rural Sociology Interdepartmental program in Sociology programs should have a minimum of 450 on both the verbal and quantitative GRE tests. Applicants for the Master of Agriculture (non-thesis) degree in Agricultural Economics or Rural Sociology must have a minimum GRE of 400 on both the verbal and quantitative tests. U.S. applicants for the Doctoral Program applicants must have a combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of 900 or higher. Also, Doctoral applicants must have a score of at least 500 on the quantitative section of the GRE. The analytical section of the GRE test is not required or used for determining admission.