The Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics is a premier program, and produces leaders that find success in academia, government, and leading industry positions.
The program offers rigorous training in economics and quantitative methods, with a strong emphasis in applied economics applications. Students choose between three major field areas:
- Markets and Information Economics
- Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
- Agribusiness (Formerly Agribusiness and Managerial Economics IDP option)
Within each field area, students are able to work collaboratively with professors to ask important questions; from international trade to resource valuation, commodities to consumer behavior, Ph.D. students in the department relentlessly pursue an understanding of the complex world of economics, and in so doing an understanding of society.
The department is proud to offer two routes to the Ph.D.- traditional and straight through. The “traditional” Ph.D. is for those who have obtained a Master’s degree at the time of matriculation, and the “straight-through” Ph.D. is an option for those who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree, but have not completed a Master’s degree.
Ph.D. graduates have gone on to find success at government agencies, large agribusiness corporations, and leading agricultural/applied economics departments across the country. No matter the route you choose, a Ph.D. from the Department of Agricultural Economics will prepare you for professional success.