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Food and Resource Economics Department

Food and Resource Economics Department

Master of Science

Master of Science:

Expand your knowledge of economic theory for a career in private industry, state and federal government, education in the agricultural industry or prepare for a doctoral degree.

The MS courses provide solid economic theory and prepare for careers in:

  • private industry
  • state & federal government
  • secondary, post-secondary and professional institutions
  • research and development

Areas of Research

Courses Curriculum (30 credit hours)



3-AEB 6106 Microeconomic Principles and Analysis
3-STA 6166 Statistical Methods
3-AEB 6817 Survey Research Methods


3-AEB 6225 Public Policy and the Agribusiness Firm
3-AEB 6553 Elements of Econometrics


2-6 AEB 6971 Masters Research
Thesis Proposal Seminar


Electives and/or AEB 6971 Masters Research (Research/Writing/Defense)

Recommended courses to prep for the FRE PhD (these courses will count as MS thesis electives)
3-ECO 5715 Macroeconomics (spring)
3-AEB 7504 Math Statistics for Applied Economics (fall)

Total minimum credit hours required: 30
Course schedule subject to change at department’s discretion.

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
  • 300 GRE score, with at least 145 Quant
  • Course prerequisites with a grade of “B” or better in each of the following:
    • Calculus*
    • Statistics*
    • Intermediate-level Microeconomics (AEB 4374 Advanced Ag Micro, ECO 3101 Intermediate Micro, or other similar course approved by FRE)
    • Econometrics (ECO 4421 Intro to Econometrics, STA 4210 Regression Analysis, or other similar course approved by FRE)
  • While we try to fund our strongest applicants, we do not guarantee funding for MS 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: February 1

  • Application process is completely online.
  • Application process takes 4-6 weeks.
  • Please only upload one copy of each document.
  • 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: