Agricultural Economics Graduate Program

Note: The GRE requirement has been waived for Fall 2021 applicants.

About our program

The agricultural economics curriculum at Purdue University is in the tradition of the Land Grant College philosophy: knowledge for the improvement of the human condition. Sound judgment, rigorous analysis and ability to define and solve problems are the goals of the professional agricultural economist. Our program endeavors to create a challenging environment of scholarship, creativity and freedom of intellectual inquiry.​

Our graduates receive superb training in their specialty areas while also learning how to solve social and business problems. Discover the Agricultural Economics Graduate Program and Life at Purdue. 

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that we receive from prospective graduate students.  

Our graduate programs leading towards master's and doctor of philosophy degrees in Agricultural Economics are currently accepting applications for admissions. ​

Financial Aid
Financial aid is available for study towards both the master's and Ph.D. degrees. 

Specialty Areas
Students can specialize their studies in several areas including: Agribusiness Management and Marketing; International Trade and International Development; Applied Economics Quantitative Methods; and Resources, Environment and Sustainable Production.

Master's Program
Students completing the program of study towards a master's degree will receive instruction in intermediate economic theory, quantitative methods and policy analysis, as well as elective courses in their area of interest. 

Ph.D. Program
Students completing the program of study towards a Ph.D. degree will receive instruction in advanced economic theory, quantitative methods, and practical application of theory and methods, as well as elective courses in their area of interest. 

The dual MS-MBA program is an integrated, degree-granting program of advanced study in management and is focused on the unique management challenges faced by managers with food and agribusiness firms. It is aimed to further develop the managerial abilities of future leaders in the food and agricultural industries featuring two world leaders in management and agribusiness- Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and Purdue University's College of Agriculture. 

Students come to Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics from around the world with 40-50 percent of graduate students coming from outside the United States.

Graduate Placement​​
Here is a list of recent MS and PhD student research topics, advisors and job placements.

Agricultural Economics Graduate Student Organization
The Ag Econ Graduate Student Organization (Ag Econ GSO) is a graduate student-lead initiative that works to bring the Ag Econ student body together; to promote academic and social communication among all Ag Econ students; to provide a forum in which Ag Econ students can voice their concerns and expectations; and to act as a liaison between the Ag Econ student body, administration, and faculty members. 

Contact Us

If you have questions or need more information, please contact
Taryn Nance, Graduate Coordinator
phone: +1-765-496-2447

Agricultural Economics, 403 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA, (765) 494-4191

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