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 degree. For further information about graduate study refer to the AERS Graduate Handbook, the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Sociology Handbook, and the Graduate School’s Graduate Handbook Summary.

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 focused on community development, quality of rural life, and environment and natural resources.

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.

Requirements

The range of experience and research interests among faculty provides a strong and diverse graduate experience. Specialty areas of faculty include production economics, price analysis, marketing, finance, quantitative and qualitative methods, applied econometrics, international trade, economic development, environment and natural resources, aquacultural economics, agribusiness, farm management, justice and governance, 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.

Faculty Research Interests 

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.

Handbook for Degrees in Agricultural Economics

Handbook for Degrees in Rural Sociology

Graduate Student Awards

Year
Author
Title
Organization
Discipline
Advisor

2018

Patterson, James

Rural Sociological Society

Rural Soc

Bailey, C.


2018

Olive, Lindy

Rural Sociological Society

Rural Soc

Worosz, M.R.


2017

Richardson, Dalton

Rural Sociological Society

Rural Soc

Ashwood, L.


2016

Obadaci, Suzan

Gamma Sigma Delta Competition Award

Tuskegee Chapter, Gamma Sigma Delta

Applied Economics

Hartarska,V.M.


2013

Christensen, Stefanie

Auburn University Graduate School

Rural Soc

Worosz, M.R.


2013

Adu-Guamfi, Akua

Auburn University Graduate School

Rural Soc

Worosz, M.R.


2010

Denny, Riva

3rd Place, Graduate Student Oral Presentation

Tuskegee Chapter, Gamma Sigma Delta

Rural Soc

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 Rural Sociology Theses