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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Graduate Certificate in Rural Studies

The graduate certificate in rural studies will prepare you work with people and communities in rural settings through non-profits, cooperative extension services and similar programs. The certificate is designed to augment majors in fields such as health sciences, counseling and related human services.

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PhD Alumni Spotlights

Take a look at our PhD alumni spotlights. Since 1936, almost 1400 students have graduated from our department.

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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 March 10th for those wishing to enter Fall semester of the same year.

Handbook for Degrees in Applied Economics and Agricultural Economics

Handbook for Degrees in Rural Sociology

Completed Rural Sociology Theses