Master's Program

We offer two primary tracks for a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics. The traditional track is research-oriented and leads to the completion of a thesis. This track prepares students for careers in business, consulting, finance, government and non-governmental organizations. The Thesis Research M.S. also provides the necessary foundation to prepare a student for more advanced graduate work in pursuit of a Ph.D. Exact opportunities for research vary depending upon a student’s choice of specialty area, available topics for research, and faculty interest. More details may be found under Specialty Areas.

The second track is a newly formed Professional M.S. in International Agribusiness. This is a non-thesis degree that can be completed in three semesters of residence plus the summer. The primary aim is to prepare students for a career in international agribusiness. Although the Professional M.S. in International Agribusiness shares some courses and features with the Research M.S., it is a distinct program with somewhat different course requirements. Learn more.

Student with an interest in either program should contact the graduate program coordinator, Taryn Nance, at​.


Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the following four prerequisite areas. These prerequisites may be satisfied by courses taken in prior degree programs, or courses may be taken at Purdue University without credit. Since progress towards the M.S. degree can be delayed by incomplete preparation (especially in mathematics), students are encouraged to complete prerequisites prior to enrollment at Purdue. Students are expected to complete these prerequisites as early as possible in their program and no later than second semester of resident study.​

  • Principles of Economics (micro and macro theory equivalent to ECON 251/252)
  • Differential and integral calculus (equivalent to Purdue’s MA 223/224)​
  • Statistics (equivalent to STAT 301/501/511)
  • Knowledge of Matrix Algebra

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