Students may apply to the department for admission to either the Master of Science or the Doctor of Philosophy program of study. Residents of Indiana may apply for enrollment as post-baccalaureate non-degree students if they wish to take graduate level course work in agricultural economics, but prefer not to be enrolled in a regular degree program. A faculty committee reviews an applicant's credentials in order to recommend admission to the graduate program. Each prospective student must provide all of the following:
A Statement of Purpose (2 page limit) discussing your interest in Agricultural Economics as well as goals and objectives.
Copies of official transcripts from each university or college attended must be downloaded into the application.
International applicants must submit original language transcripts as well as English translation and a copy of the diplomas with English translation.
Three reference letters must be submitted through the electronic application. Letters should be from references who can comment on academic/research achievements and abilities.
GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores sent to us by ETS.
TOEFL sent by ETS or IELTS sent by ETS is required for all international applicants. The Graduate School routinely waives the English proficiency examination for applicants who have been awarded a baccalaureate, graduate, or professional degree from a U.S. institution within the past 36 months (at the time the recommendation for admission is received at the Graduate School.) Applicants who qualify for a waiver of the English proficiency examination should bring this to the attention of the program to which they are applying for further explanation.
TOEFL minimum section requirements:
Minimum Score Required: 80
IELTS are mailed to:
Department of Agricultural Economics
403 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056
The Department of Agricultural Economics accepts students for the Fall semester only.
Applications for Fall 2022 consideration are being accepted until March 1, 2022. A completed application entails the paid application fee, statement of purpose (2 page limit), official TOEFL or IELTS scores (if required), official transcripts and three letters of recommendation.
Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the following four (4) 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)
Mathematics (differential calculus for M.S., Ph.D. students also should have multi variate and integral calculus (MA 223/224)
Statistics (equivalent to STAT 301/501/511)
Knowledge of Matrix Algebra
It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of the basic academic requirements below does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.