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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 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.

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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, intermediate microeconomics, and econometrics
  • 300 on GRE (with at least 145 on quantitative) *
  • minimum 3.0 upper division GPA
  • 3 strong letters of recommendation

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 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.

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