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Food and Resource Economics Department

Food and Resource Economics Department


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Conduct research with world-class faculty specializing in domestic and international agricultural and natural resource economics.

Department Overview

Our faculty conduct research in a wide range of areas including:




3-AEB 7571 Econometric Methods I
3-ECO 7115 Microeconomic Theory I
1-ECO 7404 Game Theory for Economists
2-ECO 7408 Math Methods for Economists


3-AEB 7108 Microeconomic Theory II
3-AEB 7240 Macroeconomic Theory II
3-AEB 7572 Econometric Methods II


Core examination

YEAR 2 & 3

3-AEB 7184 Agricultural Production
3-AEB 7373 Consumption and Demand

Students are required to take four PhD-level electives in FRE.  One of these electives must be an econometrics course (Descrete Choice, Panel Data or Time Series) in year 2. Students must be admitted to candidacy no later than end of summer of Year 3.


Writing and Defense

Total minimum credit hours required: 90. This includes 30 hours transferred from the previous Masters Degree. This means 60 credit hours must be taken at UF.

Course schedule subject to change at department’s discretion.

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Jess Herman
Graduate Academic Advisor
1179 MCCA

Only applicants who meet the following minimum requirements will be considered for the program:

  • Grade of B or better in calculus, statistics, master’s level microeconomics and econometrics
  • 305 on GRE (with at least 150 on quantitative) *
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in bachelor’s and master’s degrees
  • 3 strong letters of recommendation

* Due to covid's impact on testing availability, this requirement can be waived through spring 2021. However, we strongly encourage applicants to provide GRE scores if possible. If GRE scores cannot be provided, the applicant must demonstrate strong quantitative skills elsewhere in their application packet.

Applying to the Graduate Program

Please note an online application is a 2 step process:

Application Due: February 1

Though applications are due February 1st, we prefer that students applying for graduate assistantships have all materials in to the department in early January.

  • Step 1

    Apply online.

    Application will include:

    • Three letters of recommendation with at least TWO from professors
    • Statement of purpose which will include intended specialization/area of interest
    • Resume or CV
    • Copies of college transcripts in English (transcripts are unofficial and for use only by the department)

    All materials uploaded must be in PDF.

  • Step 2

    Step 2:

    Send the following to UF Graduate Admissions, 201 Criser Hall, Box 114000, Gainesville, FL  32611, phone: 352-392-1374

    • Official GRE and TOEFL Scores (UF Code: 5812, Department Code: 0101 - Agricultural Economics) (may be sent electronically by ETS)
    • Official Transcripts (in English and native language if other than English)
    • Official Degree Statement (in English and native language if other than English) Admissions may waive this requirement during the application process but students who are admitted and enroll must present official degree statements to the Admissions Office upon arrival.

    Please note: the department does not speculate on chances of admission or funding.  Applicants are reviewed by the Admissions Committee.  All applicants who are admitted may only receive a letter once their official credentials have been received and verified by the UF Office of Admissions.