A doctoral degree in Agricultural Economics prepares students for careers in academia, agribusiness, consulting firms, financial institutions, government, or non-governmental organizations. Opportunities will vary depending upon the student’s choice of specialty areas, and more details may be found under Specialty Areas.
Ph.D. Program Topics
Graduate students take comprehensive examinations in order to test their professional competence. Successful completion of the preliminary examinations constitutes formal admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. The preliminary examination consists of two parts: economic theory and the prospectus. An examination in microeconomic theory is administered by the Department of Economics (January and August). Students are encouraged to take this examination as soon as ECON 607 Price Theory has been completed. The prospectus examination is administered by the Department of Agricultural Economics. The purpose of the examination is to check competency in the chosen field. To see more information on our Prelimary Exams, please visit the Preliminary Exams webpage.