Agriculture Economics Graduate Program

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Agricultural Economics: Solving Today's Challenges

Graduate study in the Department of Agricultural Economics encompasses a diverse program in Applied Economics, with a focus on research to support evidence-based decision making.  Students hail from approximately 25 countries around the globe and from many states across the U.S. The department has approximately 120 graduate students and 45 faculty members. Whether it is in the classroom, the hallway or off campus, these individuals provide support to one another, helping to create an active learning environment and producing world-class research. Through its MS, PhD, and MS-MBA graduate programs, the Department of Agricultural Economics offers a broad range of specialty and research areas to help students equip themselves for the future. Recent graduates have taken positions with American and foreign universities, various government and non-government agencies and research organizations, and the private sector.

Ag Research Community

The members of the Department of Agricultural Economics are dedicated to producing cutting-edge research in their fields. With collaborative research among students and faculty as well as with Purdue Extension and many campus departments and centers, the department fosters a cooperative, open exchange of ideas. Explore the links below for more information on the world-class research happening in Agricultural Economics at Purdue.

Admission and Coursework

A wide variety of courses are available to students, both within the department and in other departments. Once you have applied to the graduate program, we encourage visiting Purdue as it is a great way to learn first-hand about the department, the graduate program, and the Greater Lafayette area. For more information about the admissions process, check out the links below.


​Graduate Student Spotlight

Nathanael Lichti

Lichti developed advanced statistical approaches for his field research on what tree squirrels and blue jays do with acorns. Both species bury acorns and other tree seeds for a winter food source, and most oak seedlings originate in abandoned caches, he explains. He studied how the animals make decisions about the seeds they eat versus those they store and where they store them. Acorns are an important food source for many animals, Lichti notes, and his research on seed dispersal by wild vertebrates could help scientists understand and overcome barriers to natural oak regeneration in fragmented agro-forest ecosystems. Read More