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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:

(minimum 60 hours in the PhD with max 30 transferred from the MS)



3-ECO 7115 Microeconomic Theory I
1-ECO 7404 Game Theory for Economists
2-ECO 7408 Math Methods for Economists
3-AEB 7504 Math Statistics for Applied Economics 


3-AEB 7108 Microeconomic Theory II
3-AEB 7240 Macroeconomic Theory II
3-AEB 7571 Econometric Methods I


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 Environmental Economics
  • AEB 7333 Applied Valuation Methods 
  • AEB 7453 Natural Resource Economics


  • AEB 6933 Labor Economics
  • AEB 7573 Applied Microeconometrics (when offered with Development Economics focus) 
  • AEB 7645 Economic Development and Agriculture

Food and Agricultural Economics 

  • AEB 7184 Production Economics
  • AEB 7220 Agricultural Trade Policy and Welfare Economics 
  • AEB 7373 Consumer Demand and Applied Analysis

Experimental Economics

  • AEB 6933 Experimental Economics
  • AEB 7333 Applied Valuation Methods  

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

  • AEB 6933 Special Topics in Econometrics- Seminar in Discrete Choice Models 
  • AEB 6933 Advanced Econometrics (Panel Data) 
  • AEB 6933 Advanced Econometrics (Time Series)
  • AEB 7333 Applied Valuation Methods
  • AEB 7573 Applied Microeconometrics (Development Economics Focus) 

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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:

Minimum requirements for admission

  • 3.0 upper division GPA
  • 3 strong letters of recommendation
  • 305 GRE score, with at least 150 Quant
  • Course prerequisites with a grade of “B” or better in each of the following:
    • Calculus I*
    • Statistics*
    • Master’s level Microeconomics
    • Master’s level Econometrics
  • We offer 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.

*Strong quantitative skills required for admission, specifically in the areas of calculus and statistics. If it has been 2 or more years since taking these courses, it is recommended applicants consider a refresher.

Applying to the Graduate Program

Application Due: January 1

Apply here:

  • Application process is completely online.
  • Application process takes 4-6 weeks.
  • Applicants must upload the following documentation when submitting their application. Please only upload one copy of each:
    • Transcripts (not student degree audits) from all post-secondary institutions attended.
    • 3 recommendations from faculty, employers, others who know your work and character.
    • Statement of Purpose, no more than 2 pages in length, well-organized, and focused on your academic/professional qualities, accomplishments, and goals. The Purdue Online Writing Lab is a great tool to help you write this statement. You should include:
      • Reasons for applying to our program
      • Research and professional interests; include the names of faculty in our department whose research interests you.
      • Major academic and personal accomplishments
      • Research experience and skill sets
      • what makes you a good fit with our program
      • How this program aligns with your research goals; be specific when articulating what you’re passionate about within your field.
    • Resume or CV, no more than 2 pages.
        • International students who earned degrees at international institutions must submit:
          • Transcripts in both English and the native language
          • Copies of degree statements/certificates in both English and native language
          • TOEFL (min scores 550 paper, 213 CBT, 79 iBT) for international students whose native language is not English and whose previous degree not earned in the U.S.) Countries exempted from TOEFL are found here: