Agricultural Economics Graduate 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.

The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs in Purdue's Department of Agricultural Economics provide excellent preparation for students seeking professional positions in higher education, public service, and private industry. Each program is founded on a strong base in economic theory and quantitative research tools. This training is combined with coursework focusing on applications of theory and analytical methods to problem-solving, in any of the areas of specialization a student chooses. Coursework usually is followed by a research experience that develops the student's ability to apply skills learned in the classroom.

Life at Purdue

Facilities for graduate study at Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics are outstanding. Graduate students receive office space in the Krannert Building where faculty members of the Departments of Agricultural Economics and Economics have their offices. Classrooms, the Management and Economics Library, and computer facilities area all located in the Krannert Building. This compact arrangement enables students to use their time efficiently and enhances opportunities for dialogue among faculty and graduate students.

Students come to Purdue with varied backgrounds.  About 55 percent of the department's graduate students are U.S. citizens and come from all parts of the country.  Included in this group are some who have had extensive experience overseas in the U.S. Peace Corps, in agriculture, agribusiness, and government agencies.  Many transfer to Purdue​ from other land-grant institutions; others come from urban backgrounds, have attended liberal arts schools, or have returned to school after years of business experience.  About 45 percent of the department's graduate students come from outside the United States.  The department's graduate students usually represent about 25 countries.  This rich mixture of student backgrounds contributes significantly to the breadth of students' professional training.

Students earning advanced degrees at Purdue have done well in the professional job market.  Recent Ph.D. graduates have secured faculty appointments at various U.S. and foreign universities.  Several graduates have taken positions with the USDA and other federal government agencies.  Students from other lands often return to positions with high levels of responsibility in their home countries.

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