In the Department of Agricultural Economics, admission and financial support decisions are made separately. Some students are admitted to the program without financial support from the department. Students with strong credentials frequently qualify for graduate assistantships.
Research assistantships/fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Assistantships involve quarter or half-time employment in a research or teaching activity that provides useful experience to the student. Stipends are competitive and evaluated annually for M.S. and Ph.D. assistants employed on twelve-month contracts.All of our assistantships carry a tuition waiver. More than 60 percent of graduate students at the University level are on assistantships; however, over the last several years, the agricultural economics department and extramural funding has been able to support about 85% of the graduate student body.