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Food and Resource Economics Department

Food and Resource Economics Department


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Food and Resource Economics is a designated STEM program. CIP code: 45.0603.

A STEM-designated program is one that falls under at least one of the approved categories from the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and recognized by the government for their focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The STEM-designation is beneficial to international students looking for work in the U.S. Traditionally, with an F-1 visa, students were eligible for up to 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT), which allows students to work towards getting practical training to complement their field of studies in the U.S. once they have completed their program. STEM students are allowed to apply to extend that period of time even longer (up to 24 months).  

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


  • 5 courses in total 
  • At least two courses from one chosen field 
  • One methods course (can not be double counted with the field)

Other requirements 

  • Core exam 
  • 3rd Year Paper 
  • Proposal defense/advance to candidacy 
  • Oral dissertation defense


Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 

  • AEB 6933 Applied Valuation Methods 
  • AEB 6933 Environmental Economics 
  • AEB 7453 Natural Resource Economics


  • AEB 6933 Advanced Econometrics (when offered with Development Economics focus) 
  • AEB 6933 Labor Economics 
  • AEB 7645 Economic Development and Agriculture

Food and Agricultural Economics 

  • AEB 6933 Trade Policy and Welfare Economics 
  • AEB 7184 Production Economics 
  • AEB 7373 Consumer Demand and Applied Analysis

Experimental Economics 

  • AEB 6933 Applied Valuation Methods  
  • AEB 6933 Experimental Economics 

Methods Classes (Topics will continue to rotate and could change based on interests) 

  • AEB 6933 Applied Valuation Methods 
  • AEB 6933 Special Topics in Econometrics- Seminar in Discrete Choice Models 
  • AEB 6933 Advanced Econometrics (Development Economics Focus) 
  • AEB 6933 Advanced Econometrics (Panel Data) 
  • AEB 6933 Advanced Econometrics (Time Series) 

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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

We guarantee four years of funding as a teaching and/or research assistant for all admitted PhD students. No separate application is required to be considered for funding. Applicants should include names of faculty with whom they would like to work in their statement of purpose.

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.

a. The application process is completely online. Applicants must upload the following documentation when submitting their application. Please only upload one copy of each:

i. Test scoresheets (GRE, TOEFL)
ii. Transcripts (not student degree audits) from all post-secondary institutions attended
iii. International students who earned degrees at international institutions:

1. submit transcripts in both English and the native language
2. submit degree statements/certificates in both English and native language

iv. Three letters of recommendation
v. Statement of Purpose, no more than 2 pages long. (Read Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) for tips on writing this statement)
vi. Resume or CV

b. Each individual application takes 4-6 weeks to complete the review process. Missing materials will result in delay or denial of application.  
c. All inquiries about the Graduate Application Process, Status, and Decisions should be sent to Jess Herman, Graduate Advisor at