Skip to main content

Food and Resource Economics Department

Food and Resource Economics Department

Master of Science

Master of Science: MS thesis track

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

The MS courses provide solid economic theory and prepare you for a career in:

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

Areas of Research




3-AEB 6106 Microeconomic Principles and Analysis
3-AEB 6225 Public Policy and the Agribusiness Firm
3-STA 6166 Statistical Methods


3-AEB 6553 Elements of Econometrics
3-AEB 6817 Survey Research Methods


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-AEB 7571 Econometric Methods I (fall)
3-ECO 5715 Macroeconomics (spring)

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

Students on graduate assistantship are limited to 9 hours per term in fall/spring and 6 in summer since that is the max covered under the tuition waiver. Any hours over this are NOT covered by the tuition waiver and students pay FULL tuition/fees for each additional credit hour.

Students not on assistantship are encouraged to take 12 hours in fall and spring of year 1 to get all coursework out of the way and focus solely on research thereafter.

Images on this website were taken prior to national guidelines of face coverings and social distancing.

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, financial accounting, finance, management, marketing, statistics, intermediate microeconomics, econometrics
  • 300 on GRE (with at least 145 on quantitative) *
  • minimum 3.0 upper division GPA
  • 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.

Strong quantitative skills are required for this program, specifically in the areas of calculus and statistics. If it has been 2 or more years since you have taken these courses, we recommend you consider taking a refresher or some kind of other preparatory work in these areas.

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.