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    Food and Resource Economics Department

    Food and Resource Economics Department


Graduate Programs

The Food and Resource Economics Department offers three different graduate degree programs that suit a wide variety of students. 

Our Ph.D. in Food and Resource Economics is a STEM-designated program that provides an opportunity for students to dive into advanced studies and participate in groundbreaking research guided by expert faculty that is on the cutting edge of the current field of agricultural economics. The Master of Science program provides a solid base of economic theory that will serve as the foundation for a successful career in private industry, state and federal government, education in the agricultural industry, or a doctoral degree program. M.S. students heading toward industry can pursue the non-thesis option, while those with plans to continue into a doctoral program can complete a research project. Finally, the Master of Agribusiness offers a fully online option for students with a previous background outside of agricultural economics to expand their horizons and learn the skills needed to make important management, policy, financial, and production decisions. 

No matter the path they choose, students in our graduate program will design research or capstone projects to suit their career goals and interests under the guidance of a dedicated faculty advisor, focusing on areas of study such as environmental economics, international and development economics, behavioral economics, and experimental economics.  

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Upcoming Virtual Info Sessions

Sign up for one of our upcoming info sessions for our Master of Science, Ph.D., and Master of Agribusiness programs!

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Graduate Contacts

Name Title Location Phone # Email
Jess Herman Academic Advisor  1179 MCCA  352-294-7622
Zhifeng Gao Graduate Coordinator  1161 MCCA 352-294-7672|
Derek Farnsworth Master of Agribusiness Coordinator
1183 MCCB 352-294-7698