Oct 17, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Agricultural Economics (M.S.)


M.S. in Agricultural Economics

Offered through the Department of Agricultural Economics , the M.S. in Agricultural Economics can be earned in either a thesis or no-thesis option.  

Thesis option


The thesis option includes a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit including 24 hours of course work and a Master’s thesis for which 6 semester credit hours are given. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in research, analysis, or to continue towards a Ph.D. program. The course requirements are:

Economic and Agricultural Economics theory (12 credit hours)


Quantitative methods (6 credit hours)


Electives (6 credit hours)


  • AGEC elective Credits: 3 (700 level or higher)
  • General elective Credits: 3 (700 level or higher)

Thesis hours (6 credit hours)


Total (30 credit hours)


No-thesis option


The no-thesis option includes a minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework and a final examination.  The program is designed to prepare students for careers in public service, commerce, and industry. The course requirements are:

Economic and Agricultural Economics theory (12 credit hours)


Electives (15 credit hours)


  • AGEC Elective credits: 9 (700 level or higher)
  • AGEC or Business Electives: 6 * (700 level or higher)

*3 hours of agricultural economics and 6 hours of the agricultural economics or business electives may be substituted for by a specialty consisting of 9 hours at the 700 level or above.

Note


Candidates in the thesis program are required to take a final oral examination covering the thesis and the subject matter in the major field and the minor field when a minor is selected.

Candidates in the no-thesis program are required to demonstrate evidence of scholarly effort by completing a creative component consisting of a written paper and an oral defense. The written paper will be on a topic provided by the student’s advisory committee relating to the student’s field of study.

The following courses developed for the Masters of Agribusiness program are not allowed on a student’s program of study: AGEC 700, AGEC 701, AGEC 713, AGEC 720, AGEC 730, AGEC 760, AGEC 761, and AGEC 770.