The Master of Science in Agricultural and Resource Economics, Plan A, offered by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, is a program of study consisting of 30 credit hours, including the preparation and defense of an original M.S. research thesis (up to 6 credits of research work). Completion of this degree implies a mastery of fundamental microeconomic theory and econometrics, with an ability to conduct applied economic research under supervision. Graduates are competitive for employment in the public and private sectors as analysts, consultants, researchers, and other occupations involving analytical skills. Our students have gone on to rewarding careers in federal agencies, NGOs, and the private sector. The program provides a solid foundation in microeconomics and quantitative methods, coupled with direct experience in applied economic research. This course of study represents an excellent basis for those inclined to pursue doctoral degrees, and many of our students have entered our own Ph.D. program or other top-level institutions across the country. 

Effective Fall 2020

Core Courses
AREC 506/ECON 506Applied Microeconomic Theory3
AREC 507Applied Welfare and Policy Analysis3
AREC 535/ECON 535Applied Econometrics3
ECON 501Quantitative Methods for Economists3
Methods Courses
Select one from the following:3
Optimization Methods for Applied Economics
Econometric Theory I
Field Courses
Select one group from the following:3-6
Group A:
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Group B:
Agricultural Production and Cost Analysis
Agricultural Marketing and Demand Analysis
Electives 13-6
AREC 699Thesis6
Program Total Credits:30

A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program. 


Select courses with approval of advisor and committee.